Field Technician – Herpetofauna Diversity in Early Successional Habitat: West Tennessee

Tennessee State University, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
West Tennessee / Nashville, TN
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
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The Wildlife Ecology Lab at Tennessee State University ( is looking for a seasonal field technician to assist a M.S. student with field sampling and tracking snakes in West Tennessee from May 1st through mid-October. This project is evaluating the importance of early successional habitat on snake diversity. Primary duties will include: • Daily monitoring of 16 box trap arrays for captured herpetofauna • Handling, measuring, marking, and swabbing herpetofauna, including venomous species • Road cruising for herpetofauna • Conducting radio telemetry and hiking through rough terrain up to 5 miles a day • Using a field vehicle to travel to field sites • Habitat and vegetation surveys • Navigating using a GPS and compass • Maintaining and repairing trap arrays • Collecting, entering, and ensuring quality of data Field equipment and vehicle are provided. Housing will be provided for full term of the position.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree (or currently pursuing) in wildlife biology, conservation, zoology, or a related science; Individual who is trustworthy and hardworking, while maintaining integrity and respect for conservation of herpetofauna. • Demonstrated experience working in rugged field conditions • Demonstrated experience handling vehicles on dirt roads in uneven terrain • Must possess a valid driver’s license Preferred Skills: • Passion for herpetofauna conservation and interest in wildlife ecology • Experience handling venomous species and with radio telemetry • Knowledge of southeastern herpetofauna species • Experience or willingness to live somewhat remotely in a rural area • Willingness to be on a flexible and rapidly changing schedule, including working on weekends Technician must maintain good judgement and a positive attitude to the tasks at hand amid the challenges of field research. The individual will be working independently most of the time, so the ability to communicate effectively and troubleshoot problems in the field are of utmost importance. A valid U.S. driver’s license, clean background and positive attitude are required. Email a single document with: (1) Cover letter describing interest and relevant experience, (2) a CV/resume, and (3) a list of three professional/academic references with contact information to with the subject line “Field Technician”.
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Carlin Frost
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