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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.  

Qualifications:

  • 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:

Apply online at crcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org/careers/.

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.

Qualifications:

  • 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.

Assistant Professor in Aquatic Ecology

Date Posted: 20 Dec 2016 (Show details)

Institution: Louisiana Tech University
Location: Ruston, Louisiana
Closing date: Review of applications begins January 20, 2017, and will continue until position is filled.

The School of Biological Sciences at Louisiana Tech University invites applications for a tenure-track, 9-month, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences position, in the area of Aquatic Ecology. We seek a broadly trained collaborative applicant who is committed to both teaching and research, and to mentoring our students. We are particularly interested in applicants who are able to teach introductory courses in environmental science and courses in the applicant’s area of expertise, in support of our degree programs in Biology and in Environmental Science. In addition, the successful applicant will be expected to establish and maintain an externally funded research program involving graduate and undergraduate students.

Position is available to begin September 1, 2017.

Louisiana Tech University  is a comprehensive selective-admissions public university that is recognized by US News and World report as a Tier One National University. We are located in Ruston, a college town of about 22,000 residents in North Louisiana. Our School of Biological Sciences is a dynamic, collegial unit with 21 faculty and approximately 630 undergraduate and 50 graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) students.

Qualifications:

This position requires an earned Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience in biology or a related relevant field. Prior teaching experience is a plus. 

To Apply:

To apply, email application letter, curriculum vitae, separate statements of research interests/plans and teaching interests/philosophy, and names and contact information, including email addresses, for three references to Dr. Bill Campbell, Chair of Search Committee (campbell [at] latech [dot] edu). Review of applications begins January 20, 2017, and will continue until position is filled.

Louisiana Tech University is a member of the University System, AA/EOE. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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.

Duties:

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 http://www2.humboldt.edu/forms/node/336 or call the SPF Interim Compliance Support Coordinator at (707) 826-5159. 

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