Biological Technician — Amphibians-Colorado

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$10 -$14 per hour depending on experience
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
We expect to hire 1 technician to collect data for boreal toad research and monitoring in Rocky Mountain National Park. Field work will run from mid-May through August. Hours will be variable but approximately 40 hours per week. Technician will assist with all aspect of data collection. This data collection will include nighttime visual encounter surveys for adult toads, PIT tag reading and implantation in adult toads, locating and photographing egg masses, and capture and implantation with Visible Implant Elastomer of newly metamorphosed toads. Field sites are located within remote areas of Rocky Mountain National Park, 4 to 10 miles from trailheads. Due to the remote location and the need to survey at night, camping at backcountry campsites is required (1-4 nights at a time). Technician must be able and willing to hike up to 10 miles per day over rough terrain with a pack weighing up to 50 pounds. Scientific equipment for surveys will be provided, and some camping equipment is available. Environmental conditions range from blizzards at higher elevations to extremely hot conditions. Cold conditions can be expected during most surveys. Physical hazards include intense sun exposure, dehydration, thunderstorms, hailstorms, blizzards, and possible encounters with wildlife including black bears and moose. The technician will be hired by CSU but will work closely with USGS and NPS teams to coordinate research. The technician must be able to pass a federal background check and complete all forms and training necessary to act as a USGS volunteer and operate a federal vehicle. The technician will be expected to assist in data entry and management as well as data collection, and to assist in communication with other collaborators.
The technician is required to have or to be working toward a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, ecology or a related discipline. Technicians must work well with others. Required: Physically capable of hiking and carrying the loads listed above; Valid driver’s license; Wilderness first aid certification valid through June 2018. Desired: Backcountry hiking and camping experience; Knowledge of amphibian marking and handling techniques; Map and compass navigation skills; Familiarity with Excel. Applicants must be available to start in mid-May in Fort Collins. To apply, send resume and letter of interest to John Crockett at Please include “2018 Technician Application” in the subject line.
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John Crockett
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