Funding available for indicator development for Aichi Targets

Request for Proposals: Indicators for Aichi Biodiversity Targets 1, 13 and 15 Deadline: 17:00 GMT on 31st January 2017

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Biodiversity indicators are essential communication tools, which allow evidence-based decision-making and policymaking. Indicators help to understand the status of and trends in biodiversity, key pressures driving these trends, the impacts of changes on human well-being and whether our interventions are working.

In 2010, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, intended as a framework not only for the biodiversity-related conventions, but for the UN system as a whole. The plan consists of 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets* organised under five Strategic Goals. The Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (BIP) is the primary initiative coordinating the production and delivery of indicators, in order to assess progress towards achieving these global Targets. The BIP consists of over 50 Partners, including indicator providers, indicator users and indicator supporters.

At the 13th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD, countries will endorse an updated list of indicators for the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. This indicator framework breaks each Aichi Target into a number of ‘generic indicators’ (i.e. the ideal indicators for each element of the Target text). For the majority of these generic indicators at least one or more ‘specific indicators’ (i.e. existing and operational indicators) have been identified.

However, the indicator framework is still not fully comprehensive and a number of gaps remain. While the BIP has been endeavouring to find indicators to fill these gaps, for certain generic indicators it is proving particularly difficult to find operational specific indicators. As such, the BIP has selected three generic indicators to form the centre of an open call for proposals. The generic indicators are:

Trends in public engagement with biodiversity (Under Aichi Biodiversity Target 1)

Aichi Target 1 calls for raised awareness of biodiversity and its value. As a whole, Aichi Target 1 has proven a difficult subject for global indicators, due to the largely inherent reliance on primary (e.g. survey) data to develop trends on public awareness, and, specifically public engagement with biodiversity.

Trends in genetic diversity of socioeconomically as well as culturally valuable species (under Aichi Biodiversity Target 13)

Aichi Target 13 focuses on maintaining and safeguarding genetic diversity. While indicators exist or are under development relating to crop wild relatives and farmed, domesticated and cultivated species, there are no indicators relating to the genetic diversity of species with other (socioeconomic and cultural) values.

Trends in ecosystem resilience (Under Aichi Biodiversity Target 15)

Target 15 is a broad target, encompassing carbon stocks, restoration and resilience. Indicators are available for the former two elements, but not for the latter, potentially due to the different scales at which resilience can be conceptualised and assessed.

Request for Proposals

We are looking to select two proposals, each up to a maximum of GBP 75,000 for indicator development relating to one of the above three generic indicators. Ideally, the funds should be used to build on or further develop ongoing or existing work in order to develop and operationalise potential indicators. Funds will not be allocated purely for primary data collection, unless it is clear that future updates of the indicator will not require the same investment each time. Institutions will be expected to show a commitment to ensure regular updates of the indicator, including fundraising as necessary. As such, priority will be given to proposals for indicators that demonstrate potential for cost-effective updating.

It is anticipated that, by the end of the project, the contractor will submit the indicator for inclusion in the BIP suite, and will become an active Partner of the BIP. This may also involve preparing, updating and submitting the indicator (or disaggregations thereof) not just for the CBD but for other relevant MEAs and processes, and supporting national use of the indicator or its underlying data/methodology where appropriate.

Expected Outputs
  • Fully developed and operational global indicator responding to one of the generic indicators above
  • Indicator factsheet using template to be provided and including visuals (e.g. graph or map) showing trends over time for the global indicator, and global storyline
  • Sustainability plan for continued production of the indicator
  • Academic paper submitted for peer review by relevant journal
Proposal Guidelines:

Proposals should detail in no more than 6 pages:

  • The ‘name’ of the proposed indicator
  • How the indicator will be presented (graphically, spatially etc.) and interpreted
  • A broad overview of the data (including data sources and accessibility) and methodology to be used, explored or developed
  • An assessment of the feasibility of the indicator production (i.e. are there any factors, such as data availability, scientific consensus of methodology etc.) that might limit or prevent the indicator being fully developed and operationalised?)
  • How the institution will establish systems for indicator sustainability (e.g. continued reporting of data from regional/national institutions)
  • Full budget by activity, broken down for staff time and expenses
Evaluation Criteria:
  1. a. Relevance of proposal to indicator gap
  2. b. Feasibility of operationalisation of the indicator
  3. c. Spatial coverage of proposed indicator
  4. d. Plans for sustainability and continued production of the indicator (including resources that will be required for every update)
  5. e. Clear institutional commitment to ‘champion’ the indicator
  6. f. Proposed methodology and data – scientific robustness and cost-effectiveness
  7. g. Budget
  8. h. Availability of cofinancing
Approximate Timetable:

Open call: 5th December 2016 – 31st January 2017

Proposal shortlisting and selection: 31st January – 28th February

Project start date: March 2017

Project end date (including final indicator delivery): December 2017

Submission Process and Deadline:

Please submit your proposal as an MS Word Document no later than 17:00 GMT on 31st January 2017 to For any questions or clarifications, please email prior to submission.

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Field Assistants Wanted – Frog Communication Research at Kaieteur National Park, Guyana

The iconic golden rocket frog (Anomaloglossus beebei)

Deadline: January 31, 2017.

James Tumulty, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Ecology Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota, is looking to recruit field assistants for acoustic communication research on golden rocket frogs in Kaieteur National Park in Guyana. This project will test hypotheses about how male golden rocket frogs learn to recognize the calls of their neighbors, and how this behavior evolved (see RESEARCH page for some more information).

When: approximately three months of field research from May through July, 2017. The work in the field every morning for approximately 4-5 hours.

What: Field assistants will participate in ongoing research on acoustic communication and social recognition behavior in golden rocket frogs. We will be monitoring and observing territorial and reproductive behavior in these frogs using mark-recapture surveys. We will be conducting acoustic playback experiments in which we broadcast frog calls to territorial males and quantify their aggressive responses to these playbacks. Successful experiments require quiet and careful observations of these very small frogs (16-18mm).

Where: This research will take place entirely in the field at Kaieteur National Park in Guyana, South America. Kaieteur National Park is home to one of the largest waterfalls in the world, and is a spectacular place to visit. We stay at a guesthouse located right near the top of the falls. The falls create a nearly constant mist that supports a unique ecosystem along the top of Kaieteur Plateau where we work. Golden rocket frogs live and breed in giant tank bromeliads that grow along Kaieteur Plateau. In addition to the frogs, there are many other amazing plants and animals that live at the park, including Guianan cock-of-the-rock, macaws, capuchin monkeys, and the many thousands of swifts that roost behind the falls. However, the park is in an extremely remote location, and visiting the park for a day as a tourist and working there for three months are very different experiences (see Field and Living Conditions below).
Kaieteur Falls, Guyana

Who: Field assistants who have some experience doing animal behavior or ecological research, preferably someone who also has some international travel experience. Preference will be given to applicants with experience doing field work and/or backpacking and camping. A requirement is that you have to enjoy being outside! Field assistants should also have good attention to detail and some experience collecting and analyzing data. This is a great experience for people who are interested in going to graduate school and you will be invited to participate in all aspects of the research including data analysis, writing, and publication.

Funding: There is funding to completely cover the costs of your travel, lodging, and food for the duration of the stay at the park. There is no salary.

Field and Living Conditions: Kaieteur National Park is an extremely remote location; there are no roads into or out of the park (we fly in on a small plane), and no nearby towns, restaurants, or grocery stores. There is no air conditioning, no cell phone service, and no internet. The only means of communication to outside of the park is a single land-line phone at the park headquarters. You will be sleeping under mosquito nets in a very small guesthouse and will be probably be sharing a room with another field assistant. We have to cook all our own meals from ingredients that we will bring out the park with us. Your only human contact during this time will be me and possibly another field assistant, the rangers who work at the park, and the occasional tourist who stays at the guesthouse. In the field you will get rained on, muddy, bitten by mosquitoes and ants, and run across the occasional fer-de-lance (the resident pit viper). You will spend the entire three-month field season living in these conditions, and we will not leave the park during this time other than in the case of an emergency. I am providing all of this information because I want applicants to be totally clear on what they are getting themselves into. If this level of solitude and “roughing it” appeals to you, great! Submit an application!

How to apply: Email applications to james.tumulty(at) with the subject line “Kaieteur Field Assistant Application”. Applications should include:

  1. A short (1-2 page) description your previous research and/or travel experience, interests, and why you would like to work on this project.
  2. A CV or Resume including education, relevant coursework, and research experience.

Submit applications by January 31, 2017. 

Feel free to email JAMES TUMULTY at james.tumulty(at) with any questions.


Navjot Sodhi Conservation Research Award for students from developing countries

Deadline: December 31, 2016.


Dear ATBC student members,

We are accepting application to Navjot Sodhi Conservation Research Award for students from developing countries.



In remembrance of the contribution of late Dr. Navjot Sodhi to tropical conservation science, ATBC provides a cash award of 500 USD for a student from a developing country each year. Please submit an application by 31 December as below, and also detailed in the ATBC website (



ATBC student members who are nationals of a tropical developing country, conducting research that directly contributes to biodiversity conservation within the tropics. 


Application materials

1) A cover-letter as the main body of an e-mail, with name, nationality, current academic status, project title, and project location;

2) A single-page (400-800 words) document as an attachment, describing the research project, accomplishments to date (including any publication from the research), and specifically how the award will be used. (pdf  file attachment);

3) A letter of recommendation by the major academic advisor of the nominee, verifying the eligibility and explaining the significance of the nominee’s academic accomplishment and research potential (pdf file attachment or a separate e-mail directly submitted);

4) A curriculum vitae (pdf attachment).


To Apply

Please submit application materials as e-mail to the president of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation – ATBC at by December 31.


Questions? Please write to the president of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation – ATBC at:

National Garden Intern

The deadline is February 01, 2017

General Information:The National Fund for the U.S Botanic Garden is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, D.C., whose mission is to support the educational outreach initiatives at the United States Botanic Garden (USBG). The National Fund and the USBG share a dedication to demonstrating the aesthetic, cultural, economic, therapeutic, and ecological importance of plants to the well-being of humankind. Our goal is to support the creation of extraordinary programs and exhibits that delight, educate and inspire our visitors to become more active stewards of the plants that support life on earth.
Qualifications/Requirements:Applicants must possess good organization, communication, people skills, and creativity.
Knowledge of horticulture/plant science and environmental education and a willingness to work evenings and weekends are requirements for this internship. Applicant must be a rising college senior.
Responsibilities:The National Garden Intern will focus on educational outreach by implementing interpretive materials and programs for the public. The National Garden Intern will:
• Assist with the preparation and completion of the Hands On Plant Science (HOPS) program;
• Utilize pre-existing interpretive materials about plants and garden displays to present informal interpretive programs to the public, with specific emphasis on the National Garden;
• Assist with other USBG special programs and events as needed; and,
• Assist with other duties as needed.

The duration of the position is 10 weeks, with an approximate start date the week after Memorial Day – exact dates to be determined mutually by the National Garden Intern and the USBG. Applicant is expected to work 40 hours a week, to include some evenings and weekends.

Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.):Applications must be submitted by February 1, 2017 to National Fund Staff at
A completed application must include:
• Application form;
• Resume or CV;
• A short essay (approximately 250-500 words) explaining how this Internship fits your future professional goals;
• Unofficial transcripts (two years of college plant sciences or related field of study preferred); and
• Three references with phone and email contact information (to include one professional and one academic).
Compensation Range:$6,000 for 10 week internship
Contact Name:Claire Alrich,


Ashton Award for research on Asian tropical forest biology

The deadline is February 1, 2017

The Ashton Award for Student Research supports investigations by graduate and advanced undergraduate students working on Asian tropical forest biology.

Awards of up to $4,000 are granted to support student research expenses.

Application Information

Awards are granted through a competitive review process. Selection of recipient(s) will be based on the educational background of the student and their readiness to conduct the proposed research; the quality of the proposed research; and the relevance of the proposed research to the mission of the Arnold Arboretum.

To be considered for an award, online applications should include the following:

  • Cover letter.
  • Research statement. The statement should be 1 to 2-pages and describes your research project and how additional funding via the Ashton Award would further your research aims. Include the names of other collaborators (in addition to your advisor). References should be included but do not count as part of the page limit.
  • Research budget. Applicants should submit a simple, 1-page budget that itemizes the research and travel costs associated with the proposed project.
  • Project time-line. Applicants should submit a time-line of the project and anticipated start and end dates.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Two letters of recommendation. As part of the online submission, you must send a request to the two referees to submit a letter of recommendation (via the request section). The referee will be automatically sent an email with a link to an online submission form where they will upload a letter of recommendation. It is highly recommended that you contact your referee prior to sending the request. Please inform the referee to expect an email from with instructions for submitting a recommendation letter. Each referee must upload his/her letter of recommendation via the link by February 1.

Special Eligibility Requirements

Award available to advanced undergraduates and graduate students. The award is not limited to universities in the United States or to US citizens.

Additional Information

For questions about the award, Arboretum resources, research proposal or submission process, contact the selection committee (Email).

The Ashton Award for Student Research is made possible by the generosity of Professor Peter Ashton and his wife Mary Ashton through the Peter and Mary Ashton Training Fund.

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PhD opportunity: Plant-pollinator networks

Plant-pollinator networks: inferring the presence of interactions, and the influence of spatial scale

Deadline is 20th January 2017

Wildlife Institute of India Recruitment 2017 – Project Intern

Skype or Walk-in Interview:16th December 2016

The Wildlife Institute of India Recruitment 2017 has published a fresh notification concerning with the recruitment of Project Intern with total vacancy of 01 no’s. The position is for a period of 06 months after which the organization will decide whether to retain the candidate or not. The selected candidates will attract salary of 8,000/- Per Month. Participants must undergo Skype or Walk-in Interview whichever is decided by the organization. The candidates must abide by the eligibility criteria mentioned below and must meet all the requirements before applying. The applications must be produced during the Interview that will be held on 16th December 2016. The applicant must be fluent in Hindi and English and must be under 25 years of age to apply. The application form are available on and must be submitted either through Email or Speed Post for which the associated information is available below.

WII Jobs Vacancy Details: 

With reference to the Wildlife Institute of India Recruitment 2017, following are the vacancies for which the recruitment will commence soon –

Sr. No. Particulars Number of Vacancies
 1 Project Intern 01 No’s

The described vacancy is for Apprenticeship for a period of 06 months.

Required Qualifications:

The contestants who are willing to apply for the post of Project Intern must be a Graduate Degree holder with preference to Mass Media, Communications, Political Science, or other equivalent disciplines from any well known Institution or University with good academic scores will be eligible for the post. Applicants with Fluency in English and Hindi with other foreign or national language will be preference.


Age Limit:

The participants who want to apply for the given position must be within 25 years of age as on date of Interview exceeding which the applicants will not be eligible.

Salary Structure:

The Wildlife Institute of India Recruitment 2017 has propounded the Mode of Assortment after which the shortlisted candidates will get 8,000/- Per Month as Salary including allowances and benefits permissible.

Selection Process:

The selection for the post of Project Intern as per Wildlife Institute of India Recruitment 2017 will be based on Walk-in or Interview on Skype as per the direction from the organization. The selection will be made on the basis of Interview where the selection panel constituted by the organization. The final merit list containing the names of the shortlisted candidates will be published on its official portal.

Application Fee:

There is no Application fee applicable for the current vacancies.

How to Apply WII Jobs:

Those who are interested for the post of Project Intern for UNESCO at Wildlife Institute of India Recruitment 2017 must abide by the procedure given below so that it is clear on how to apply to avoid the form to get rejected –

  • is the official portal of the host organization where all the details and updates are posted.
  • Now browse on the website and go to “Recruitments” and then click on “Walk-in/Skype Interview for engaging Project Intern for UNESCO C2C Centre”.
  • Here the notice in pdf version is available so the aspirants can get more information on the topic.
  • Now click on Download Application Form to download it in prescribed format.
  • Fill up the complete application form and mention all the details as prompted by the form.
  • Ensure that you don’t canvass information in any sense either you submit incomplete form as it may get rejected.
  • Now stick photo and signature on the application form wherever required.
  • The aspirants will have to attach the photocopies of all the testimonials and certificates which must be produced during registration along with all original documents.
  • The aspirants residing out of Dehradun can appear for Interview through Skype or Video Conference. They must apply by submission of the application form either through email or through post.
  • Further, the aspirants who are selected after screening and verification will be called for Skype Interview.

Walk-in Interview Venue – 

P.O. Box # 18, Chandrabani, Dehradun – 248 001, INDIA

Important Dates:

The important dates associated to the Wildlife Institute of India Recruitment 2017 is as followed –

Particulars Dates
Skype or Walk-in Interview 16th December 2016

Important Links:

The official Notification of Wildlife Institute of India : Download here

Email ID –

Sloth Technician I – Quepos, Costa Rica

Application deadline December 18, 2016

TSI has a three part mission.

1) RESEARCH of reintroduced sloths, captive rescued sloths and of wild sloths in the Manuel Antonio area.

2) COLLABORATION with other institutions around the world that work with sloths.

3) EDUCATION promoting responsible and balanced information about sloths to the public.

Position Description:

The Sloth Institute Costa Rica (TSI) accepts up to 6-8 Sloth Technician I’s a year to support the Wildlife Director in daily fieldwork activities at the TSI field station, located in the heart of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. We are looking for an active, passionate individual to help us elevate both our sloth release and research programs.

The Sloth Technician absolutely must have the ability to work long days (12+ hours) with very little time off. In addition, because most of this work will occur at night, this person will need to be able to work when tired and basically become nocturnal.

This person must be extremely dedicated to sloth conservation and willing to forgo personal comfort for the benefit of the animals. You will to be hot, sweaty, eaten by mosquitos, sleepy, sore, and tired but you’ll still feel that there is no other place in the world that you would rather be than watching sloths in the jungle. The ideal person will eat, sleep, breathe and dream about sloths!

Research and fieldwork

  • Assist in fieldwork/post-release monitoring at night
  • Assist in maintaining records
  • Assist in analyzing data

Animal husbandry

  • Assist in preparing food/collecting wild food items for sloths
  • Assist in feeding, cleaning and enriching sloth cages
  • Assist in rescue and release of sloths
  • Assist in medical treatments when needed
  • Assist in communicating with community about sloth release project


All applicants must be physically fit, have field research experience, behavioral research experience (requires patience!), excellent communication skills, a strong interest in animal welfare and conservation and a great sense of humor. Must be non-smoker.

Coursework or experience in zoology, environmental education, wildlife ecology, GIS or a related field is required. Experience traveling to a tropical country and living in remote conditions are a plus.

Spanish language skills and experience working with VHF tracking technology are strongly considered.

Must complete required vaccinations and purchase current international health insurance while in Costa Rica.

Additional Items to Bring:

  • Snake proof boots
  • Serious raingear, including heavy duty rain poncho
  • Comfortable clothing, preferably quick-dry. Clothes get destroyed in the jungle, so bring plenty of shirts/tank tops and shorts
  • Khaki field shorts (3-4 pairs)
  • Large umbrella
  • Water bottle
  • Backpack (waterproof)
  • Headlamps
  • Binoculars
  • Laptop
  • Unlocked smart phone
  • Waterproof case for phone


This is a voluntary self-funded position. You will be responsible for all travel expenses/flights and immigration expenses. Room in shared tent accommodations and basic meals will be provided. WIFI, electricity and running water will be included.

Term of Appointment:

Must be willing to stay at least six months, although there is a 30 day trial period. Position begins as early as possible in 2017.

To Apply:

Please send a 1 page letter of interest, CV, earliest possible start date, and names/contact information for 3 references to

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Postdoctoral opportunity in orchid ecology and conservation

Review begins February 1, 2017, open until filled.

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), in collaboration with the U.S.D.A. Forest Service Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry (IPIF), University of Hawaii Manoa, and Illinois College, has an opening for a postdoctoral research fellow to participate in an interdisciplinary project that focuses on orchid ecology and conservation on Pacific Islands. Field research will take place in Palau where the IPIF and Smithsonian scientists have established a forest dynamics plot that is part of the ForestGeo permanent plot network ( All trees in the plot have been mapped and identified, providing a unique opportunity to assess the spatial relationship between trees, orchids and mycorrhizal fungi. The plot is located in secondary forest within a matrix of degraded savanna with nearby areas of older forest, providing opportunities to assess orchid and associated mycorrhizal fungi distributions in a recovering forest. This landscape provides an opportunity to test hypotheses about the role of symbioses in governing species and community responses to forest dynamics on an oceanic. island. The project is an expansion of the Smithsonian’s North American Orchid Conservation Center (, which has a goal of assuring the survival of native orchids through the establishment of seed and fungal banks and development of protocols for establishing sustainable populations of native orchids for conservation, education and restoration purposes.


The fellow will participate in designing and conducting a collaborative effort to identify and sample orchids in the ForestGeo plot and across the Palauan archipelago. The fellow will preferably have a taxonomic background and show interest in contributing the Smithsonian’s Flora of Micronesia project. The fellow will be involved in efforts to isolate, culture and identify mycorrhizal fungi associated with orchids and use the fungi and seeds to conduct germination and propagation studies. The fellow will be based at SERC and will be responsible for field-based sampling and research on Palau as well as interacting with collaborators at IPIF, the University of Hawaii Manoa and Illinois College. The project will also be based on the development of strong collaboration with citizens groups and government agencies in Palau.


Applicants should have a Ph.D. in an area of science relevant to one or more aspects of the project (e.g., orchid biology, plant or fungal ecology); strong inter-personal skills are essential. Skills in data management, sterile techniques, and molecular ecology, especially familiarity with metabarcoding, would also be desirable. The position is funded for 2 years, with the second year contingent on performance and funding. The stipend is $48,000/year plus health insurance and there will be a budget to support travel between Hawaii and Palau and the other institutions involved in the project. Applicants should send a letter describing how you meet the minimum and desired qualifications and how this project will fit within your research and career goals. The application should also include a curriculum vitae, graduate and undergraduate transcripts (unofficial copies are fine), and names of three references (with telephone numbers and e-mail addresses). Applications will be accepted until January 29, 2017 and they should be sent to Dr. Dennis Whigham by email ( or mailed to him at SERC, 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, MD 21037-0028. For more information on participating organizations, visit their web sites: SERC (,, Institute of Pacific Island Forestry (, Hynson laboratory (, Orchid Recovery Program at Illinois College (

Citizen Science Grants – Australia

Citizen Science Grants is an element of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme that aims to provide opportunities for the public to engage in science by participating in scientific research projects that include the collection or transformation of data in Australia.

It does this by providing grants that support community participation in scientific research projects that have a national impact.

Participants will be able to take part in scientific research projects by a range of means, including collecting and analysing data, formulating questions and organising research teams. Research projects are expected to be peer-reviewed and produce credible, reliable data that will be shared (as appropriate) with participants, the science community and the public.

Participants will be empowered by learning new skills, forming new networks, being acknowledged for their participation, and by receiving updates on their participation in specific research projects.

Funding of up to $4 million over 4 years ($1 million per year) is available from 2016-17 to 2019-20.

  • The minimum grant amount is $50,000.
  • The maximum grant amount is $500,000.

Applicants must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be one of the following:

  • an entity incorporated in Australia
  • an eligible research organisation
  • a publicly funded research organisation (PFRO) (as defined in Appendix A of the Programme Guidelines)
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • a local government agency or body (including government business enterprises)

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible as per the list above.

You are not eligible to apply as a lead applicant if you are:

  • a Commonwealth or state/territory agency or body that does not undertake publicly funded research
  • an individual or trust (however, a corporate trustee may apply on behalf of a trust).

For more information on applicant eligibility, please see the Programme Guidelines.