Technicians will assist USGS wildlife biologists conducting field studies of the frosted flatwoods salamander at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in St. Marks, FL. They will also be involved in efforts to head-start larval salamanders and evaluate success of management activities. Technicians will use a variety of strategies to track the phenology of salamander breeding and emigration, including PIT-tag technology, drift-fences, and wetland surveys.
Specific tasks will include:
--Daily checking of traps for salamander captures
--Collecting eggs/larvae for head-starting efforts
--Anesthetizing salamanders and marking them with PIT-tags and/or visible implant elastomer (VIE)
--Assisting with wetland surveys for salamander larvae to evaluate pond occupancy
TWO (2) positions are available:
-- The first position runs 10 October 2017—4 May 2018. Includes $300/week living allowance and $2900 AmeriCorps Education Award upon program completion. Apply by September 8.
-- The second position runs 23 October 2017—30 December 2017. Includes $200/week living allowance and $1230 AmeriCorps Education Award upon program completion. Apply by September 15.
Applicants must be willing to work outside in adverse weather conditions, able to accurately record and maintain data, and comfortable communicating with supervisor when assistance is needed/desired. Open to US Citizens, Nationals, and Lawful Permanent Residents.
See complete list of qualifications and application instructions at http://stewardslegacy.org/join/environmental-stewards/