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Wildlife Field Research Technicians

Date Posted: 16 Dec 2016 (Show details)

Institution: Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation
Location: Central Valley & Mojave Desert, California
Closing date: Application review begins December 27, 2016. Position(s) will remain open until filled.

Nine (9) Research Technicians will be hired through a contract with Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation to support the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) “Terrestrial Species Stressor Monitoring” project. The goal of this project is to monitor terrestrial wildlife populations (including birds, mammals, reptiles, & amphibians) and their vulnerability to drought and other stressors. Under the general direction of CDFW Project Managers, technicians will work as part of a resource assessment team responsible for implementing field surveys at selected sites throughout the Great Valley and Mojave Desert Ecoregions of California. Training will take place in Sacramento, CA during late February/early March 2017. Field work will occur from March through June 2017, and may require working over 40 hours/week, Monday-Friday, and will require extensive travel. Teams will be assigned to either the Great Valley or Mojave Desert for the duration of the field season.

The wage is $15/hour, Non-Exempt. This is a temporary, full-time, benefited position. Anticipated start date is February 13, 2016.


Typical duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Test, calibrate, and maintain field sampling equipment, including infrared camera traps and digital acoustic recorders
  • Assess potential sampling sites for suitability and access
  • Safely perform strenuous field work, including driving and hiking long distances over rugged terrain in extreme weather conditions, carrying heavy equipment (up to 50 lbs), and operating hand tools
  • Set up, check, and take down camera stations and acoustic recorders, including following detailed protocols and troubleshooting sensitive electronic equipment in remote locations
  • Collect biological data using standardized inventory methods, including vegetation surveys, amphibian and reptile visual encounter surveys, and bird point count surveys
  • Legibly and accurately enter data on paper forms
  • Download electronic data, enter survey data into databases, and perform quality control checks of all data collected
  • Prepare monthly reports such as time sheets, travel expense claims, and mileage logs
  • Communicate regularly with CDFW Project Managers and field personnel regarding project logistics, completion status, equipment needs, personnel issues, and safety concerns
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with landowners, agency representatives, and the general public
  • Travel to study sites for up to a week at a time throughout the field season (March-June), including camping in remote locations
  • Other related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in biological sciences or a closely-related field of study from an accredited four-year college or university; OR
  • One to two years of experience and/or training in biological surveying, field sampling, studying/evaluating wildlife populations and habitats, or other related fields
  • Valid driver’s license and safe driving record

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proven ability to accurately collect, record, and report data, and adhere to data collection and safety protocols in a field setting
  • Physical capability and endurance to safely and efficiently conduct field work in remote settings under inclement weather conditions, including the ability to hike off-trail across steep and rough terrain, while carrying heavy equipment
  • Strong organizational skills and proficiency using common computer software programs (e.g., spreadsheets, word processing, databases, electronic mail)
  • Experience conducting camera trap surveys and interpreting camera trap data
  • Experience conducting bioacoustic monitoring
  • Experience performing vegetation surveys and/or plant identification. Familiarity with California Central Valley and/or Mojave Desert plant species is preferred.
  • Experience conducting avian point count surveys and/or identifying bird species by vocalizations. Familiarity with California Central Valley and/or Mojave Desert bird species is preferred.
  • Experience identifying reptile and amphibian species and/or conducting visual encounter surveys for these taxa. Familiarity with California Central Valley and/or Mojave Desert species is preferred.
  • Experience identifying terrestrial mammal and bat species and/or conducting surveys for these species. Familiarity with California Central Valley and/or Mojave Desert species is preferred.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to maintain professional working relationships with supervisors and peers
  • Ability and willingness to travel for up to a week at a time throughout the field season (March-June), camping in remote areas
  • Proficiency navigating with maps and handheld GPS
  • Experience driving 4x4 vehicles in rugged terrain

To Apply:

Submit a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three (3) references, along with the HSU SPF Employee Information Form for Applicants, to misty [dot] nelson [at] wildlife [dot] ca [dot] gov. Please include your last name and the job title in the subject line. If you have any questions regarding this position, please call or email Misty Nelson at (916) 445-3635 or misty [dot] nelson [at] wildlife [dot] ca [dot] gov.

Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status. For more information, download:

For assistance with the application process, please submit an Accommodation Request Form which can be found at or call the SPF Interim Compliance Support Coordinator at (707) 826-5159. 

Analytical Biologist

Date Posted: 22 Nov 2016 (Show details)

Institution: University of Florida
Location: Davie, Florida
Closing date: not provided

The University of Florida, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center in Davie, Florida (the Croc Docs) is seeking an analytical biologist interested in research related to datasets on invasive and native reptiles, and long-term monitoring datasets on American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) and American crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) in southern Florida. Successful candidate must be a self-motivated individual with functional knowledge and experience with analytical software and techniques. Experience with R, Microsoft Access and Excel, and ArcGIS is strongly preferred. Must possess strong organizational skills, encyclopedic knowledge of statistical analyses and related software, and ability to work with other researchers. Research opportunities will build off of ongoing alligator and crocodile datasets collected over several decades and invasive and native reptile datasets accumulated over the last decade. Opportunities exist for the development of novel research projects.

Salary is $15-20/hour, commensurate with experience. The start date is flexible.


The successful candidate should possess a MSc in ecology, wildlife biology, conservation biology or related discipline. He or she should be comfortable learning and applying hierarchical models of occupancy and abundance, mark-recapture models, and/or population growth models. He or she should be capable in Program R or other statistical modelling software. Familiarity with GIS and databases is a plus.

To Apply:

Please send letter of interest, resume or CV, and names and contact information for three references by e-mail to Dr. Frank Mazzotti at crocdoc_jobs [at] hotmail [dot] com and use subject heading "Analytical Biologist."

Doctoral Fellowships and Teaching Assistantships in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology

Date Posted: 17 Nov 2016 (Show details)

Institution: University of Louisiana
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
Closing date: Fellowships for Spring and Summer 2017

The Department of Biology at the University of Loisiana will be awarding University of Louisiana (UL) Fellowships and Board of Regents (BoR) Fellowships to Ph.D. students entering Spring and Fall 2017. UL Fellows are funded for 3-4 years and have limited teaching responsibilities, while BoR Fellows are funded for 4 years and have no formal teaching duties. Stipends are up to $30,000 per year (plus tuition waiver). Eligibility requirements include US citizenship (or permanent residency) or degree from a US institution.

The Department also has teaching assistantships available for incoming Ph.D. students. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to directly contact prospective advisors, whose contact information and research interests can be found at our departmental web site

The Graduate Program at the Department of Biology has approximately 75 graduate students and 25 graduate faculty members conducting research on a wide variety of topics. More information on application is available from Dr. Scott C. France (france [at] louisiana [dot] edu).

Assistant Professor in Vertebrate Behavioral Ecology

Date Posted: 9 Nov 2016 (Show details)

Institution: James Madison University
Location: Harrisonburg, Virginia
Closing date: Review of applications will begin on November 30, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Biology at James Madison University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Vertebrate Behavioral Ecology starting in August 2017.

Anticipated teaching responsibilities include our introductory-level ecology & evolution course and an upper-level/graduate course in the applicant’s specialty. Laboratory space and start-up funds will be provided, and collaboration within our department and college is encouraged. Research emphasizing birds, fish, or large mammals is preferred. The department has its own fleet of shared field vehicles and field equipment that is available for faculty use in both research and teaching.

The Department of Biology is a vibrant, growing department with 52 full-time faculty, nearly 1000 majors, and 17 Masters students. Our department emphasizes student engagement and integrating teaching and scholarship through independent and course-embedded lab and field research. James Madison University is a large primarily undergraduate university situated in a diverse community in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.


A Ph.D. in a relevant field is required and post-doctoral experience is preferred.Applicants must show evidence of excellence and commitment to undergraduate teaching and the potential to establish a productive, independently funded research program involving undergraduates and Masters students. The department is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

To Apply:

Apply online at Use this site to submit a cover letter (2 pages maximum), curriculum vitae, statements of teaching philosophy and scholarly interests, and the names and contact information of three references. Review of applications will begin on November 30, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. We promote access, inclusion, and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents, and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The University is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991. 

Collections Manager

Date Posted: 25 Oct 2016 (Show details)

Institution: Angelo State University
Location: San Angelo, Texas
Closing date: not provided

Under supervision of the Curators and Department Chair, the Collections Manager manages the teaching and scientific specimen collections and Specify database in the Angelo State Natural History Collections (ASNHC), including the Herbarium, Mammalogy, Ornithology, Herpetology, and Frozen Tissue collections. This position serves to promote the ASNHC, department, and university through various forms of community outreach; oversees undergraduate and graduate student assistants, interns, and volunteers working in collections; and participates in providing input toward new facility design.

The Biology Department maintains the Angelo State Natural History Collections, which contains nearly 150,000 specimens of plants, vertebrates, and frozen tissues. The collections are preserved, documented and curated assemblages that are important to a wide array of human activities. These collections are essential to the management of natural resources because they document the diversity and biology of organisms that impact agriculture, health and urban and other rural activities. They also characterize the ecosystems upon which we all depend.

The collections are a resource for many fields of biological research. The presence and growth of the collections at ASU are important to the university, San Angelo and the Concho Valley because they are a readily available local resource for the region, as well as being used in research at the national and international levels.


Operational management of research and teaching collections in the Angelo State Natural History Collections (ASNHC), to include the Herbarium; Mammalogy, Ornithology, Herpetology, and Frozen Tissue collections. ASNHC duties are varied, but typical job functions include (but are not limited to):

  • Accessioning, cataloging, and integrating specimens into the ASNHC
  • Collecting and preserving scientific specimens
  • Operating and maintaining the dermestid skeletal preparation facility
  • Developing, implementing, and maintaining an integrated pest management (IPM) program
  • Improving and maintaining the collection databases (Specify) with georeferenced locality data
  • Processing and managing loans
  • Creating and maintaining policies and procedures that are cohesive with best practices
  • Providing assistance to curators in research
  • Training, managing, and working with undergraduate and graduate student assistants, interns, and volunteers to carry out curation activities and specimen preparation
  • Maintaining and developing the ASNHC website
  • Producing and distributing regular PR announcements including annual ASNHC newsletters
  • Participating in providing input toward new facility design
  • Conducting tours, lectures, programs, and classes on collection-related topics
  • Assisting in grant-proposal preparations for collection-related projects
  • Coordinating and managing permits relating to collection activities
  • Participating in museum programs, workshops, seminars, and other forms of professional development in the museum profession
  • Serving to promote the ASNHC, department, and university in other various forms of community outreach and social media


  • M.S. degree in Museum Science, Biology, Zoology, Botany or related field, or B.S. degree in those fields
  • Professional experience working in Museum Collection Management or related field.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of accepted museum standards and practices for collection care, collections management, specimen conservation and preparation, and registration methods
  • Skilled in curation of natural history collections
  • Knowledge of IPM protocols and procedures, including general knowledge of museum pests
  • Skilled in operation of dermestid facility
  • Knowledge of georeferencing and specimen-based electronic database protocols
  • Knowledge of imaging systems
  • Skilled in MS Word, Excel, and Specify® database management software
  • Ability to be detail oriented for accuracy of data and information
  • Ability to be highly organized and able to handle multiple projects
  • Ability to communicate well and build rapport with students, faculty and staff
  • Ability to have strong initiative to solve problems
  • Ability to work independently and with interdepartmental teams and initiatives
  • Skilled in having good presentation (oral and written communication) skills
  • Ability to use established occupational health and safety practices
  • Ability to organize and complete tasks in an accurate and timely manner
  • Ability to manage computerized files and records
  • Ability to prepare written communications and reports independently and proofread work accurately
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision
  • Ability to manage annual budget
  • Proficient in Specify® data management software, including Specify® 6, Specify® 7, and Specify® web portal systems. Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access.
  • Knowledgeable in FileMaker® database system. 

To Apply:

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