From: Ecological Society of America: grants, jobs, news
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Subject: [ECOLOG-L] Herpetological Field Technician
In cooperation with the University of Nevada Reno, Department of Biology,
(UNR), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting up to four Herpetological
Field Technicians to assist with field projects in the Mojave Desert related
to chuckwallas (Sauromalus ater) and desert tortoises (Gopherus agassizii).
Working with a graduate student and Postdoctoral researcher, technicians
will assist in collecting data to evaluate the genetic diversity and the
homing behavior of chuckwallas by capturing lizards, attaching radio
transmitters, implanting pit tags, collecting blood samples, and tracking
these individuals throughout the activity season. Similarly, technicians
will assist another Postdoctoral researcher with a survey of disease (upper
respiratory tract disease) and immunology in wild desert tortoise
populations. Technicians will assist with handling, measuring, and sampling
adult desert tortoises, as well as learn techniques to sample small volumes
of blood and nasal flushes (for evaluation of bacteria) and to visually
examine tortoises for signs of disease. Field Technicians should be capable
of working long-hours, in rugged, dry, uneven desert terrain in which
temperatures may reach as high as 110° F, for up to 6 days per week.
Primitive field camping up to 3 nights per week may be required. Housing
with full kitchen and laundry facilities will be provided.
o March 29 – June 25, 2010
o $3,250 Living Stipend
o $1,247 AmeriCorps Education Award*
o Student loan forbearance*
o $10 daily field per diem
Housing will be located in Bullhead City, AZ for the chuckwalla project and
Henderson, NV for the tortoise project. Field project sites will occur
throughout Clark County, including the extreme southern parts of the County
near Laughlin, NV, and just across the California border.
o Previous field experience that included:
o adhering to field data collection protocols,
o accurately collecting and recording field data,
o Ability to learn and safely implement blood sampling techniques; and
o Ability to use or learn how to use a GPS unit and radio telemetry
o Possess a valid, state-issued drivers license and clean driving
o Ability to work productively as part of a team to accomplish mutual
o Possess good organizational skills;
o Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, work in
types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, carry upwards of 20
pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition;
o Willingness to camp, often in remote areas, up to three night per
o Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or
resident alien status, and (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education
Award (limit of two in a lifetime, regardless of award amount).
o All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an
check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry.
For a complete position description and application instructions please
visit our website at www.TheGreatBasinInstitute.org.
How to Apply:
Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their
résumé, and a list of three professional references to Bridget Walden, at
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This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national
origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or
religion. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.