Florida softshell turtle, Apalone ferox, photo by J.D. Willson

Herpetology Field Assistant

Ohio State University
Highlands, North Carolina
Closing Date
18 March 2018

The School of Environment and Natural Resources at the Ohio State University is seeking an enthusiastic candidate with prior research experience, preferably with herpetofauna, to assist with a field-based project related to salamander abundance and demography across various environmental gradients in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Duties include data collection including with nocturnal and mark-recapture salamander surveys, salamander processing, data organization, and data input. Successful applicants must have strong attention to detail, organizational skills, and be willing and able to hike through mountainous terrain at night in adverse weather conditions. Applicants will have an opportunity to develop their own research project in conjunction with their primary duties, if desired, and therefore highly motivated undergraduate students are encouraged to apply.

This study will be based out of Highlands Biological Station in Highlands, NC, with survey locations across the Nantahala National Forest in southwestern NC. Dates are from late May to early August, 2018, though official start and end dates are flexible.

This is a volunteer position, however, housing costs at Highland Biological Station will be covered for the duration of the field season.

For more information or to apply, please send a cover letter and CV or resume to Meaghan Gade at gade.15 [at] osu.edu.

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