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Temporary Research Associate in Ichthyology

Date Posted: 21 Feb 2017 (Show details)

Institution: Great Basin Institute
Location: Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Nevada
Closing date: not provided

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is recruiting for a Research Associate (RA) to serve as a Biological Science Specialist at the Ash Meadows Fish Conservation Facility, Amargosa Valley, NV. Primary duties include development and implementation of a long-term ecosystem monitoring plan for a 100,000 gallon refuge tank that simulates the Devils Hole spring ecosystem and provides habitat for a backup population of endangered Devils Hole pupfish, and assisting the aquaculturist/fish biologist in fish and aquatic invertebrate culture and care. The RA works directly under the supervision of the Facility Manager and with project partners and cooperators.

The position is full-time, temporary (7 months, March/April 2017 – September 2017). Compensation is $21/hr with ACA-compliant health benefits.

Main duties include:

  • Acts as lead technician on the inventory and monitoring of the refuge tank ecosystem. This includes conducting a wide variety of water quality tests to monitor biotic and abiotic parameters, such as water chemistries, nutrients, and bacterial loads. This also includes development, planning, scheduling, and implementing aquatic invertebrate surveys, fish surveys, and substrate and algal surveys.
  • Continues the development and implementation of the currently in-progress ecosystem monitoring plan for the refuge tank ecosystem. This includes determining appropriate survey equipment, experimental design, database management, quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) of large datasets, statistical analyses, creating and updating SOPs, presentations, and reports to supervisors and cooperators.
  • Assists in culture and inoculation of aquatic invertebrates in aquaria
  • Assists with fish culture and care for desert fishes in aquaria.
  • Works independently to maintain and troubleshoot environmental monitoring equipment such as Hach multiprobe water quality sensors, light meters, HOBO temperature loggers. Ability to reference O&M manuals, written and video-recorded SOPs, and other resources, as required.
  • Accurately records and archives data and meticulously maintains and archives written records of laboratory and field activities, including by not limited to: water qualities, aquatic flora and fauna propagation and culture activities, environmental surveys, and all other work completed. The incumbent will keep these records in such a manner that they may be referenced and interpreted by internal and external regulatory agencies for the purposes of endangered species management for high-profile species.
  • Follows SOPs and sterile technique procedures to ensure proper cleanliness, decontamination, and sterilization of laboratory and hatchery facilities, equipment, and sampling gear.
  • Assists in the planning and execution of the planned program by making recommendations and ensuring communication are effective between facility staff and other partners and offices.
  • Works cooperatively with various U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partners to address ecological, hatchery, and fish and invertebrate culture questions to further the successful propagation of native aquatic organisms in the southwest.
  • Heads outreach, scheduling, training, and direct supervision to volunteers for facility activities.
  • The work is completed in both indoor and outdoor locations, often in extreme conditions, and often working alone.
  • Requires considerable physical exertion such as bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, lifting, and cleaning. Some weekend and odd-hour work may be required.
  • Applicant must be comfortable working at a facility that is located in a semi-remote desert location.  


  • Bachelor’s and two years of experience or Master’s degree in biology or environmental sciences (e.g. ecology, fisheries, entomology, conservation biology, wildlife management, or related field) OR at least four years of full-time work experience in a closely related field.
  • Experience in data collection and management and project reporting.
  • Familiarity with and ability to use a microscope to identify micro, meio, and macro invertebrates
  • Experience in working in a laboratory setting running water quality analyses and utilizing laboratory analytical equipment and methods including but not limited to spectrophotometry, balances, and microscopes.
  • Education or experience in community and/or ecosystem ecology a plus.
  • Willingness and ability to work in harsh desert conditions, including extreme temperatures, independently or as part of a team.
  • Willingness, ability, and experience working in a scientific laboratory setting that involves frequent use of hazardous laboratory and industrial chemicals according to OSHA regulations
  • Experience or training in aquaculture, aquarium, or hatchery operations, or keeping aquatic animals in aquaria, a plus.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience.
  • Experience in volunteer coordination a plus.
  • Valid, clean, state-issued driver’s license and familiarity driving 4WD vehicles on- and off-road.
  • Willingness to submit to a background check, and pass computer security and ethics training.
  • Ability to lift a minimum 50 lbs. for short periods of time.
  • Current SCUBA certification or willingness to obtain certification a plus.  

To Apply:

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Graduate Assistantship for Amphibian and Reptile Atlas Project

Date Posted: 16 Feb 2017 (Show details)

Institution: University of Maine
Location: Orono, Maine
Closing date: Applications will be reviewed beginning March 20 and continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology at the University of Maine has an opening in its Masters of Wildlife Conservation program for a student to participate in a project to update the Maine Amphibian and Reptile Atlas. This is a non-thesis degree program requiring 30 credits of course work, including an independent project; we expect that it will take four semesters and perhaps a summer to complete the program. The project will include field surveys and some database work in collaboration with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; academic supervisors will be Aram Calhoun and Malcolm Hunter.

Applicants should have a baccalaureate degree with a strong academic record, an interest in fieldwork, and intent to expand their coursework in ecology and conservation. Priority will be given to applicants with field survey experience and teaching experience.

Most of our MWC programs have limited financial support but in this case support includes four semesters of a Teaching Assistantship stipend, tuition waivers, and half the cost of health insurance. Applications for a program beginning September 2017 will be reviewed beginning March 20 and continue until the position is filled.

Please send a letter of interest, transcripts, GRE scores, and resume to Wildeco [at] maine [dot] edu with a subject heading: HerpMWC.

Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences

Date Posted: 13 Feb 2017 (Show details)

Institution: Arkansas State University
Location: Jonesboro, Arkansas
Closing date: Review of applications will begin March 12, 2017

The Department of Biological Sciences at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro is seeking applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position in herpetology at the Assistant Professor level, commencing August 16, 2017.

The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the teaching, research, and service of the department which currently has 500 undergraduate majors and 50 graduate students. The successful candidate will develop an independent and externally funded research program involving herpetological conservation and physiology or immunology, with experience/interest in managing herpetological collections.


  • Skilled at teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level in areas of herpetology, histology, and immunology is a plus.
  • Ph.D. in biology or a related field is required
  • Post-doctoral research is preferred.

To Apply:

Candidates should include with their application a curriculum vitae, cover letter, statement of research and teaching interests, and the names and contact information (addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses) of three references. To apply visit the Arkansas State employment website (and search for Position F00092).

Review of applications will begin March 12, 2017 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Requests for further information should be directed to Dr. Tanja McKay, Search Committee Chair, at tmckay [at] astate [dot] edu.

Arkansas State University does not discriminate on the basis of color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, age, national origin, religion, marital status, veteran status, genetic information or disability in any of its practices, policies or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, employment, admissions, educational services, programs or activities which it operates or financial aid.

Academic Advisor - ECampus

Date Posted: 7 Feb 2017 (Show details)

Institution: Oregon Statue University
Location: Corvallis, Oregon
Closing date: 3 March 2017

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Academic Advisor-Ecampus position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Department Head.

This position will provide one-on-one advising to undergraduate students enrolled in the Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences major offered through Oregon State University's (OSU's) Ecampus. Position duties include:

  • Helping students match their personal strengths and interests to opportunities within the University curriculum in general and within the Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Undergraduate Program specifically;
  • Assessing OSU and transfer course work relative to Fisheries and Wildlife and OSU Baccalaureate Core degree requirements;
  • Advising on course selection and degree progression; and 4) helping students overcome challenges that hinder their academic performance.

Program support provided by this position may include assistance with instruction of professional development courses; mentorship to Fisheries and Wildlife club members; participation in student success initiatives; updating and improving advising operations; providing back-up to the department head advisor and internship coordinator; and work on tasked assignments.

Assistance with recruitment and retention efforts focuses on Fisheries and Wildlife distance students. Prospective undergraduate student advising includes:

  • Responding to email and phone inquiries about the Fisheries and Wildlife undergraduate program;
  • Assessing transfer course work relative to Fisheries and Wildlife and OSU Baccalaureate Core degree requirements;
  • Referring students to appropriate contacts at other OSU offices that serve prospective students.

Our extended education program (Ecampus) offers a fully online degree equivalent to the degree offered on campus, with approximately 600 students currently eligible to enroll. All duties include working with diverse student populations, including ethnic minorities, older than average students, students with disabilities, active duty military and veteran students, and those enrolled from remote areas, some of which are outside the U.S. Important aspects of the work include developmental advising, attention to detail, and frequent contact with other units at the University.

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife is an academic unit in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The department is composed of approximately 400 staff - including academic faculty, research assistants, classified staff, temporary staff, graduate students and undergraduate student employees. Approximately $10 million of externally funded research grants/contracts are received each year. Major cooperator and funding sources include most state and federal resources agencies.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife or a related discipline.
  • Previous work experience in a field related to Fisheries and Wildlife.
  • Previous experience in undergraduate student advising, student activities programming, or counseling in a college or university.
  • Ability to work some nights and weekends to meet the schedule constraints of Ecampus students.
  • Competency with Microsoft Office applications including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Powerpoint, and Excel as well as with use of web browsers such as Chrome and Firefox.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including telephone skills.
  • Experience in organizing programs, preparing advising materials, managing databases, working closely with advising team members and communicating with administrators, faculty and advisors from other programs.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; Demonstrated ability to work effectively with employers, students, staff, faculty and administrators.
  • Competency and/or experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU STANDARD 576-055-0000 et seq. It requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore; the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions (as per Voluntary and Compulsory Driver Standards OAR125-155-0200) as per OAR 576-056-000 et seg.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife or related field or Master’s in College Administration, Education or Counseling.
  • Direct experience in academic advising and/or teaching college–level coursework.
  • Previous experience working with Ecampus students or students enrolled in another distance degree program.
  • Skills in web design, construction and maintenance.
  • Skills in communication technologies such as Skype, WebEx, Google Hangouts, Adobe Connect, etc.
  • Skills in social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

To Apply:

Apply online at Search for posting number P01008UF for details about the position and complete information on how to apply. For full consideration, applications must be received by March 3, 2017.

Direct any questions to Dr. Susie Dunham at susie [dot] dunham [at] oregonstate [dot] edu

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

Temporary Research Associates in Herpetology

Date Posted: 6 Jan 2017 (Show details)

Institution: Great Basin Institute
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Closing date: not provided, position begins 13 March 2017

The Mojave desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) is federally listed as a threatened species north and west of the Colorado River under the Endangered Species Act. Desert tortoise monitoring will assist researchers in estimating population density. Monitoring occurs during April and May to coincide with the peak activity season of desert tortoises.

Ten (10) AmeriCorps field monitors will be required to demonstrate proficiency in backcountry wilderness field skills, including but not limited to 4WD vehicle operation, use of GPS and topographic maps, and PDA technology. In addition, field monitors will be field tested on their knowledge of and ability to follow monitoring protocols thoroughly and precisely. Field monitors will work for 5 consecutive days with 2 days off. Monitors must be available to work any of the 7 days each week, with the understanding that the schedule is subject to change with little or no notice. Field camping is required. This position will require long hours including early mornings and may include weekends.

Contract & Timeline:

  • March 13, 2017 – May 12, 2017 (9 weeks)
  • Full-time, up to 40 hours per week
  • Weekend hours may be required during field season


  • $4,420.00 Living Allowance
  • $1,221.96 Education Award*
  • Field Per Diem
  • No cost Health insurance (medical, dental, vision) provided
  • Student loan forbearance/interest accrual* 

*AmeriCorps Education Award may be used for past, present or future education experiences, including payment of qualifying federal student loans. Loan forbearance and accrued interest payment on qualifying student loans is also available.


  • Bachelor’s degree in biology (wildlife or conservation), ecology or related field;
  • Experience collecting field data or following established field data collection protocols;
  • Experience using hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and/or data collection;
  • Knowledge of southwestern/Mojave flora and fauna desirable;
  • Self-motivated with ability to maintain a positive attitude while working in a diverse team environment;
  • Ability to work a variable schedule (including weekends) that may change with little or no notice;
  • Ability to walk a minimum of 10km/day in challenging terrain and harsh and rapidly changing desert conditions, and otherwise be in good physical condition;
  • Willingness to camp in the desert backcountry for consecutive days;
  • Possess a valid, clean, state-issued driver’s license;
  • Ability to operate a 4WD vehicle on- or off-road if required; and
  • Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime, or equivalent of two full-time terms of service), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4) adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) will not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.

How to Apply:

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We conform to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit Retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination. 

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