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Area Manager of Deserts (Herpetology)

Date Posted: 12 Oct 2017 (Show details)

Institution: Indianapolis Zoo
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Closing date: 20 October 2017

The Indianapolis Zoo has an opportunity for an Area Manager of Deserts (primary focus of this area is herpetology), a position that demands strong management and supervisory skills, and venomous snakes knowledge. This position supervises staff, adult volunteers, and interns. The Area Manager of Deserts is responsible for selection, acquisition and de-acquisition of specimens; the Health and Welfare of the Collection; Records Management; Permits and Licenses; Safety and Security of the area; and Staffing.

The Area Manager of Deserts is also responsible for assisting, planning and directing exhibit modifications; submitting quarantine arrival forms and, if needed, organizing and implementing quarantine procedures for animals quarantined in the area; oversees and directs animal introductions and seasonal animal moves; and must be able to use behavioral enrichment techniques to modify/enrich animals within the biome.

The Indianapolis Zoo offers a competitive total compensation package that includes medical, dental, vision, life, and short-term disability insurance; 403b plan; paid holidays, and paid time off.


  • A minimum four years of professional work experience working in a Zoo or similar organization, and at least two (2) years of staff supervisory experience.
  • A minimum of four years of professional work experience with venomous snakes.
  • Bachelor’s degree in zoology, biology, or a related field is required.
  • Outstanding communication skills.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Must be an intermediate user of Outlook, Excel, E-time, Workorder, Performance Impact, PAT, KDR and Word.
  • Must be able to work outdoors and indoors under all environmental conditions.
  • Must be able to perform very heavy work exerting at least 100 pounds of force occasionally, and or up to 50 pounds of force frequently. Must be able to climb and maintain body equilibrium while performing various jobs.
  • Heavy visual acuity required and good hearing.
  • Must follow Universal Protection Precautions and Bloodborne Pathogens Guidelines.
  • Possible occupational exposure (Category B employee) to human bloodborne pathogens. Job requires working with harsh or hazardous chemicals (e.g., chlorine sanitizers or cleaning compounds). Exact chemicals and training will be explained by the area curator.

To Apply:

Apply online at In the “Position Desired” section of the on-line application, please enter “Deserts Area Manager”. You will also need to attach:

  • Cover letter. (Please include compensation requirement in your attached cover letter, or enter it on the online application.)
  • Resume
  • The names and contact information of three professional references. (Preferably references are current or former supervisors, or someone who can speak knowledgeably about your work, abilities, and skills. Please do not list relatives and friends.)

Successfully passing a pre-employment drug test, a driving record check, and criminal history check is a condition of employment.

Application deadline is October 20, 2017.

Faxed, mailed, and delivered resumes will not be considered. Please no phone calls.

The Indianapolis Zoo is a national leader of animal conservation, and one of the top tourist destinations in Indiana. We’re located on a 64 acre campus in the heart of vibrant downtown Indianapolis. In addition to our animal exhibits, gardens, and aquarium, we support local and international animal conservation efforts. The Zoo is a private, 501(c)(3) operation.

The Indianapolis Zoo is an EOE/ Drug Free/Smoke Free Work Environment.

Field Biologist in Herpetology

Date Posted: 12 Oct 2017 (Show details)

Institution: United States Geological Survey/Cherokee Nation Technologies
Location: Guam
Closing date: not provided

Cherokee Nation Technologies (CNT), in behalf of the US Geological Survey (USGS) Fort Collins Science Center, has an opening for a Biologist I, full-time position to join our team of research biologists on Guam. This team conducts ongoing research on the biology, control, and containment of the invasive nocturnal Brown Tree Snake on Guam, the Mariana Islands, and throughout the Pacific region.

The successful candidate will be provided with the unique opportunity to participate in ongoing research in a dynamic Pacific island field setting. He or she may also be trained as a member of the Rapid Response Team which could require multi-week trips to other (possibly remote) locations in search of snakes, including long hours and difficult conditions involving hot, humid and rainy inclement weather.

Travel to and from Guam is paid with a one year commitment.

Responsibilities include:

  • Fieldwork includes the hand capture of live snakes, collection of morphological data, preparation and maintenance of materials and equipment for experiments, preparation of study sites
  • Handling of live and dead animals (snake, lizards, rodents, and other vertebrates)
  • Field data collection occurs both during the day and at night.
  • Study site preparation will require the use of brush cutting equipment, power saws, and other equipment
  • Duties also include laboratory work and care of lab animals
  • The meticulous collection of field data and data entry is required while adhering to scientific and safety protocols


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Education or related field
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Applicants must be in possession of a valid passport and be able to work legally in the U.S.
  • Excellent (corrected) eyesight, health and physical stamina, a strong work ethic and the ability to work on a research team are required
  • Ability to walk over rough terrain, carry up to 50 lbs. of equipment, tolerance of climatic extremes in mosquito and spider infested areas while maintaining a sense of humor
  • Demonstrated interest in working on a nocturnal species
  • Exceptional writing and communication skills as well as the ability to produce professional quality documents
  • Ability to pass an extensive background check for access to military property

Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate a strong interest in academic applied research, a background in international field research, experience with snake handling, a desire to live in the tropics, and a comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft word processing and database applications.

To Apply:

Apply to Job # 11712 online at Applications should include a Cover Letter, CV/Resume, Date of Availability, Passport expiration date, and a list of References saved as a single Word or PDF document.

Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

About Cherokee Nation Technologies:

Since 2009, Cherokee Nation Technologies (CNT) has been serving government clients with time-tested solutions that increase client effectiveness through the intelligent use of technology. CNT’s expertise includes software and application services, network services, and business process services. The company is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a regional office in Ft. Collins, Colorado, and client locations nationwide. Wholly owned by the Cherokee Nation, CNT is part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses family of companies.

We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, gender identity and sexual orientation. If you’d like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please visit the following two sites:

If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process, or are limited in the ability or unable to access or use this online application process and need an alternative method for applying, you may e-mail CNB [dot] Compliance [at] cn-bus [dot] com for assistance. This email address is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the application process or status.

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Doctoral Research Assistantship in Herpetology

Date Posted: 12 Oct 2017 (Show details)

Institution: Miami University of Ohio
Location: Oxford, Ohio
Closing date: not provided

A PhD research assistantship is available in the Global Change Biology Lab at the Miami University of Ohio. The student will join an ongoing project on evolutionary adaptations to climate change in horned lizards (genus Phrynosoma).

The student will be mainly responsible for assembly and annotation of the genome of the desert horned lizard (Phrynosomaplatyrhinos). The student will be encouraged to develop a PhD dissertation project that will leverage this new genome.

More information about this position can be found at


The candidate must be enthusiastic, hard working, reliable, willing to learn new techniques, and have a deep interest in genomics and bioinformatics.
Knowledge of programming (e.g. unix, perl, R) is a plus but is not necessary as long as the student is interested in learning these skills.

To Apply:

Inquires and applications can be send to Dr. Tereza Jezkova at tereza [dot] jezkova [at] miamioh [dot] edu. Applications will be accepted immediately and should include the following:

  • Cover letter explaining your research interests and expertise
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contacts for three professional references

Graduate Assistantship in Amphibian Breeding Habitat Modeling

Date Posted: 6 Oct 2017 (Show details)

Institution: North Dakota State University
Location: Fargo, North Dakota
Closing date: 10 November 2017

A Masters or Doctoral graduate position in amphibian ecology and conservation is available to study the distribution and characteristics of amphibian breeding habitats in North Dakota. The graduate student will be co-advised by Drs. Matthew Smith and Mark Clark in the Biological Sciences Department at North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota starting in January 2017.

This position is fully-funded for 3 years and includes an annual salary, a tuition waiver and is open to US students or international students. Some teaching will be required as part of the annual salary.

Funding is in support of a project with North Dakota Game and Fish Department (NDGF). To help inform the current status and potential management strategies of amphibians in North Dakota, the highly-motivated graduate student will work to quantify amphibian diversity and distributions in North Dakota. This project will include a mix of bioacoustic monitoring, habitat characterization and modeling, in addition to working closely with NDSU and NDGF staff to build a state-wide citizen science program focused on amphibians. The position will be primarily field-based, focusing on eastern North Dakota, but other travel and some lab-based work will likely be required.

The ideal graduate student will be independent, highly-motivated, organized, and a problem solvers. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in field-based ecology, amphibians, habitat modeling, and/or citizen science/outreach.

Minimum qualifications:

BS degree in biology, wildlife, fisheries, natural resources or related discipline, with GPA of 3.5 or higher. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated research experience (data collection, analysis, and writing). Ability to work independently and with project teams.

Preferred qualifications:

Experience with amphibian field research and/or habitat modeling. Interest in herpetology, conservation biology, or wildlife biology. Experience publishing scientific research. Advanced quantitative skills including analysis in R.

To Apply:

Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Smith (matthew [dot] thomas [dot] smith [at] ndus [dot] edu). Please include a brief description of your research interests, a writing sample and a CV in your email.  

Assistant Professor(s) in Population Genetics and Developmental Biology

Date Posted: 6 Oct 2017 (Show details)

Institution: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
Closing date: Review will begin on October 20, 2017 and will continue until the positions are filled.

The Department of Biology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette) is seeking two tenure-track positions at the Assistant Professor level. We are searching for outstanding scientists who study population genetics and the regulation of developmental processes.

The UL Lafayette Department of Biology is one of the largest biology programs on the Gulf Coast, with about 30 faculty members, 70 graduate students, and more than 900 undergraduate students. Support for research includes a mouse vivarium, aquatics labs, departmental vehicles, green houses, DNA sequencers and other shared instrumentation, the Ecology Center, Microscopy Center, and New Iberia Research Center (a primate facility), and Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) marine lab. Opportunities for collaboration are available within the Department, and with personnel at university affiliated centers and two federal research centers (the USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center and the NOAA Estuarine Habitats and Coastal Fisheries Center) located in the University's Research Park.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is a public research university with High Research Activity and accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. With an enrollment of over 18,000 students and more than 800 full-time faculty members. UL Lafayette is the largest of nine universities in the University of Louisiana System. UL Lafayette was ranked in the top 20% for total R&D expenditures in the biological sciences in the United States by the National Science Foundation (2015 Herd Data Report). The Brookings Institution recently ranked UL Lafayette 9th for promoting social mobility among four-year public universities in the United States. Further information about UL Lafayette is available on the University's webpage at


Minimum qualifications are a Ph.D. in a relevant field, a significant publication record, and postdoctoral experience. Successful applicants will be expected to establish a vigorous, externally funded research program, provide instruction to undergraduates and graduate students and participate in our Ph.D. program in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology.

To Apply:

Cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, statement of teaching interests, and a list of three references (including postal and email addresses) should be emailed as a single pdf attachment to: Genetics [dot] search [at] Louisiana [dot] edu (for population genetics applicants) or Development [dot] search [at] louisiana [dot] edu (for developmental biology applicants). To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by October 20, 2017.

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