Sunday, January 12, 2014

Summer 2014 field biologist positions in Colorado - reptile surveys


From: CNAH@cnah.org [mailto:CNAH@cnah.org]
Sent: Monday, January 06, 2014 11:31 AM
To: Gregory Haenel
Subject: SEASONAL REPTILE MONITORING OPPORTUNITIES

CNAH ANNOUNCEMENT
Monday, January 06, 2014 9:58:05 AM
The Center for North American Herpetology
Lawrence, Kansas
http://www.cnah.org

Hiring two seasonal biologists and two technicians.

Project Description: Our research will compare several visual encounter survey methods for reptiles, and the ability of citizen scientists and volunteers to conduct standardized surveys for terrestrial reptiles. This 2014 effort is the 2nd year of our study to develop protocols for a large-scale monitoring program for reptiles.

Anticipated Start Date: crew leaders - mid-April; technicians - 19 May
Anticipated End Date: Somewhat flexible, but all positions should continue through mid-August. Two positions will end prior to the fall semester, but we expect to keep at least two positions on through mid-to-late-September.

Position Description: Crew Leaders and technicians will conduct surveys for terrestrial reptiles at randomly selected sites and sites of known historic occurrence. Surveys will take place primarily in the plains and canyons of eastern Colorado and western Texas, with additional short trips into other Great Plains states likely. Surveys require work on both public and private lands, and will be conducted primarily during the day - but some night time (vehicle-based) survey efforts will also occur. We will only be attempting to capture a few select species (pending permits and following approved ACUC: Phrynosoma cornutum, P. hernandesi, P. modestum, Aspidoscelis neotesselata, A. tesselata, and Terrapene ornata) - all other reptiles observed will be documented but not captured. The field crews may be responsible for communicating with private landowners, volunteers, and professional biologists - good oral/written communication skills are required. Successful applicants must demonstrate their ability to follow detailed instructions/protocols. Preference will be given to those demonstrating attention to detail/data quality and interest in research rat her than prior experience 'herping' the ideal candidate will have all of these attributes.

Requirements. Please only apply if you fit the following:
- Ability to follow detailed research protocols and verbal instruction in the field. Being detail-oriented is an absolute requirement for these positions.
- Ability to identify terrestrial reptiles native to the Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative. Or prior experience that demonstrates your ability to quickly learn wildlife I D.
- Ability to work on a team and independently; willingness to train volunteer observers.
- Willingness to work (often on foot) in extreme weather conditions, including tent camping.
- Must be willing and physically able to hike up to 15 miles a day (3-9 miles is more typical), occasionally over rough terrain (e.g., canyons).
- Valid Driver's License and ability/willingness to drive or sit in a vehicle for many hours at a time.
- Legible hand writing and attention to recording detailed field data/notes. Good oral/written communication skills.
- You must not have an uncontrollable fear of snakes - although a healthy respect is encouraged.
- Must be able/willing work a flexible schedule, including early mornings, late evenings, occasional weekends, and occasionally up to ~several weeks at a time.
- Crew Leaders/Biologists: B.S. in Wildlife Biology, Ecology, Zoology, or related discipline. Crew leaders should be comfortable with data entry in MS Excel/ Access, Garmin MapSource, or be willing to learn.
- Technicians: Working towards B.S. in degrees above (or) >5 years of 'field herping' experience.

Preferred Experience. Note your experience with any of the following in addition to the requirements above:
- Use of handheld GPS units (especially Garmin)/managing waypoint and tracklog upload/download.
- Capturing lizards with a noose and collecting biological samples from wildlife.
- Prior work on private lands in the Great Plains ecoregion/western U.S.
- Good 'field herping' skills.
- Ability to ID potential avian and mammalian predators of reptiles in the Great Plains, and their sign.
- Photography of wildlife using a digital camera.

Location: Based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Posit ion will require t ravel much of the season, with field work throughout the eastern plains of Colorado, western Texas, and likely other Great Plains states. We cannot pay for transportation to Fort Collins.

Lodging: Lodging on days off will be on your own, based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Those applying from out of state must be willing to find their own lodging for days off - we may be able to direct you to options, but this is ultimately up to you. While conducting field work, we will camp (tent or vehicle) or stay in bunkhouses when possible - rarely staying in hotels (we will cover expenses on t hose occasions).

Anticipated Salary:
~$1,750/mo. for Seasonal Biologists, depending on experience.
~$1,650/mo. for Field Technicians, depending on experience.

To Apply: You must submit the following materials in a single .pdf document:
- Brief (1- 2 page) letter of interest
- C.V. (preferred) or Resume
- 2 professional references (with phone number and e-mail).

In your letter of interest please note your experience with the requirements/preferences listed above, and your availability to work for the dates above. Due to the expected large number of applications, we are unable to consider applications that do not adhere to the application instructions. Application materials should be sent to:
Danny Martin
danny.martin@colostate.edu

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