Goat Prairie Rare Butterfly and Reptile Survey Technician: Iowa

Iowa State University
Decorah, IA
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$12-$13/hr DOE
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
1 seasonal technician is needed immediately to conduct rare butterfly and herptile field surveys for a research project for restoration efforts of bluff prairies (also known as goat prairies) in northeast Iowa. Specific job duties include (but are not limited to) butterfly surveys, herpetofauna surveys, identifying and measuring plant species, data entry, and assisting with other tasks as needed.

Positions are temporary, full-time (maximum of 40 hours/week) starting immediately and running until 15 October 2017 (6 months). Housing is not provided and technicians are expected to secure their own housing. No overtime will be provided. Vehicles will be provided for work-related travel.
Field work for these positions will be conducted on bluff prairies in Iowa’s Driftless Region and will be very strenuous. Applicants must have the physical ability to work long hours outdoors in various weather conditions, walk long distances on steep/rocky terrain, carry field equipment in rough terrain, and wade through water.

Applicants should be graduated from, currently enrolled in, or on break between semesters of college with a degree in (or pursuing a degree in) wildlife ecology, biology, or a closely related natural resource field. Qualified applicants must be able to identify butterflies by sight and in the hand using field guides, identify herpetofauana by sight or in the hand using field guides, work independently or as part of a team, be able to effectively communicate with private landowners, have a strong work ethic, and be able to work during diverse weather conditions and on weekends, holidays, nights, and evenings as required. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, possess a valid driver’s license, and pass an ISU motor vehicle check to be able to drive a state vehicle as a condition of employment. Preferred qualifications include possessing a B.S. degree in wildlife ecology, biology or a related field, experience working with butterfly and herpetofauna capture/identification in the field, and experience with strenuous physical activity during field work. To apply submit via email (as a single document) a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three professional references to Kevin Murphy (ktmurphy@iastate.edu). Please include “Goat Prairie Monitoring” in the email subject line with your application materials.
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