Several opportunities are currently available in the Sewall Lab at Temple University.  These include:

  • An opening for a Permanent Forester position
  • An opening for a Seasonal Bat Field Research Technician
  • An opening for a Seasonal Field Botanist
  • Opportunities for Prospective Graduate Students interested in the Sewall Lab at Temple University
  • Opportunities for Undergraduate Students interested in the Sewall Lab at Temple University
  • Opportunities for Prospective Postdoctoral Researchers interested in the Sewall Lab at Temple University

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Permanent Program Coordinator/Forester position – Temple University / Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center

Summary of position

The Program Coordinator/ Forester is responsible for the performance of professional forestry work at Fort Indiantown Gap (FIG), located approximately 22 miles northeast of Harrisburg, PA. The incumbent will work as part of a team to plan, develop, and implement programs designed to manage, protect, and conserve forest resources at FIG. Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to forest management, forest protection, timber management and wood utilization, forest resource planning and wild land fire management.

Candidate will use practical application of biological, physical, quantitative, managerial, economic, social, and policy principles to the regeneration, management, utilization, and conservation of the forest to meet the goals and objectives of military training while maintaining the productivity of the forest.  This will include prevention and control of damage to the forest arising from the action of animals, unauthorized fires, invasive and competing species, disease, and insect infestation, and climatic agents. Candidate will assist with prescribed fires – the use of deliberate burns to accomplish ecological land and training range management goals and objectives to sustain and improve military training opportunities and assist with suppression as needed. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in Forestry accredited by the Society of American Foresters with at least one year of directly related experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Required Skills & Abilities:

* Excellent interpersonal skills, along with the ability to effectively interact with a diverse population of students, faculty and staff.

* Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

* Ability to maintain records and inventories.

* Strong attention to detail.

* Demonstrated ability to multi-task and work under tight deadlines.

* Familiarity with GPS methodology and ArcGIS Desktop software.



* Wildfire or prescribed fire experience.


To apply:

Please visit Temple’s Human Resources website at:


Please then search for job # 17001610.

Applications received by May 22nd will receive priority review.




Seasonal Bat Field Research Technician – Temple University

Summary of Position

The Research Associate position is available in the Sewall Lab in the Department of Biology at Temple University.  Work will take place at Dr. Sewall’s field site at Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center (http://ftig.png.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx), northeast of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Research Associate will provide technical field support to the lab’s research efforts in conservation biology, and population and community ecology.  Primary research foci will be investigating the responses of bats to human disturbance, management efforts, and habitat change.  On-site fieldwork at Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center will be required. Performs other duties as assigned.

Essential Functions of Position

– Conducting bat field research including but not limited to capture, handling, acoustic sampling, radiotelemetry, and measurement of plants and habitat characteristics

– Assisting in field research projects involving undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral researchers from Dr. Brent Sewall’s lab: https://sites.temple.edu/bjsewall/opportunities/

– Maintaining written data sheets and spreadsheets for acoustic detectors, radiotelemetry, and mist-netting

– Training interns and students in proper field techniques

– Performing other duties as assigned



– Previous experience mist-netting and handling bats

– Previous experience conducting ecology field research

– Willingness to work late nights outdoors in rugged terrain

– Must have a valid driver’s license

– Must be physically able to carry 40 lbs. and set up triple-high mist nets (about 25 feet tall).

– Able to interact in a consistently positive manner with academic and military personnel

– Willingness to learn and abide by military field safety regulations

– Have or be willing to obtain up-to-date rabies vaccination

Preferred experience

– Ability to lead small teams of personnel in the field

– Experience deploying triple-high mist-nets

– Experience tracking wildlife using radiotelemetry

– Experience deploying bat detectors or other wildlife recording devices

– Training or background in mammalogy, ecology, or conservation biology


Terms of Employment

– Start date: As soon as possible

– End date: Up to six months

– Pay rate: $14 to $18.50, dependent on training and experience

– Hours: Approximately 40 hours / week, weather-dependent


How to Apply

– Send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references via email to Dr. Lisa Powers at lisa.powers@temple.edu

– Please put “Bat Field Tech Position” in the subject line of the email

– Position will remain open until filled




Seasonal Field Botanist (Full-time/Hourly), Temple University

A Seasonal Field Botanist is needed to assist in vegetation monitoring at Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center, Annville, PA.  The successful candidate will be employed by the Sewall Lab of Temple University (https://sites.temple.edu/bjsewall/opportunities/), but the position will be based at Fort Indiantown Gap (http://ftig.png.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx), located 100 miles northwest of Philadelphia and 22 miles northeast of Harrisburg.   The seasonal field botanist will work closely with state biologists to identify plant species, measure woody vegetation in grasslands, map invasive species, document disturbance, collect other vegetation data, and take standardized digital photographs as part of a long-term ecological monitoring program.  The seasonal field botanist will also relocate permanent plots, establish new plots, collect vegetation data using Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers, and perform other duties as assigned.

The position requires either a Bachelor of Science degree or enrollment in a program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree, plus basic computer skills and the ability to operate a four-wheel-drive vehicle.  A valid driver’s license is required.  A knowledge of Pennsylvania’s flora or skills in plant taxonomy is strongly preferred. Previous vegetation sampling experience is preferred.  Candidates should be in good physical condition, willing to work long hours outdoors in all types of weather and habitat conditions, willing to learn and abide by military field safety regulations, and willing and able to work cooperatively and in a consistently positive manner in a team environment with people from diverse backgrounds, including academics and civilian and military personnel.

Salary is $15.00/hour, commensurate with experience and qualifications, 40 hrs/week.  Basic housing onsite may be available.  Position will be from June 1 through the end of August 2017.  Dates may be negotiable.  The position may be extended through the end of September, depending on funding and the availability of the successful candidate.

To apply, submit resume, cover letter, and contact information for at least two references to both James Meenan, at c-jmeenan@pa.gov, and Dr. Brent Sewall, at bjsewall@temple.edu .  Please include “Seasonal field botanist” in the subject line.  Applications are preferred by May 8th, but the position will remain open until filled.




Graduate Students in the Sewall Lab at Temple University
Opportunities may be available in the lab for motivated prospective students whose interests align with one of the principal research areas of the lab.  Our department is expanding, and with the addition of several dynamic new faculty, we are building our programs in the areas of ecology and evolution.  We offer both MS and Ph.D. degrees in the department.  Funding is often available through TAships and sometimes RAships, though mostly for Ph.D. students.  Graduate students working in the lab will also be expected to apply for external research and fellowship funding.  Graduate students interested in working with Dr. Sewall should contact him in advance of applying to graduate school at Temple.  Please send along a description of research interests, past research and experience, and – for students interested in working internationally – a summary of past travel or work experience and language skills relevant to the area in which you would like to work.  Dr. Sewall prefers applicants with substantial previous research experience.  For those wishing to do international field research, substantial international experience and language skills appropriate to the desired research area are required.  Also please keep in mind that our department’s application deadline for fall-entry students is December 15th (or November 15 for international students).  Be sure to note Dr. Sewall’s name on your cover letter and/or research statement when you apply.

Undergraduate Students in the Sewall Lab at Temple University
Opportunities are sometimes available for Temple undergraduate students to participate in research activities in the lab, especially for students who have completed and done well in related classes (Intro Bio Series, Principles of Ecology, Animal behavior, Conservation biology, GIS, Statistics, or advanced Mathematics classes); who are highly motivated to do research; who can dedicate more than one semester of part-time work in the lab; and whose interests align with those of the lab.  Dr. Sewall prefers to work with new students as part of formal programs such as the College of Science and Technology’s Undergraduate Research Program, the Temple Diamond Research Scholars Program, the Biology Honors Research Program, or as an Honors Scholars Project.  Interested students can contact Dr. Sewall.

Postdoctoral Positions in the Sewall Lab at Temple University

No current positions are available, but a new position may be available soon, so please check back.  In the meantime, Dr. Sewall is open to collaborating with potential postdocs to raise funds for projects of mutual interest.  Please contact him if interested.