Field Technicians for Turtle Nesting Studies-New Jersey

Agency
Hofstra University
Location
New Jersey
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
$1000 term stipend plus food and lodging at a local YMCA camp
Start Date
05/21/2018
Last Date to Apply
05/01/2018
Description
Two field technicians are needed to gather data on nesting wood, painted, and snapping turtles at multiple nearby sites in Northwest New Jersey. This is a seasonal contract position that will run for four weeks from 21 May to 17 June 2018. Responsibilities will include but may not be limited to: -Spending long hours monitoring nesting areas for turtles in a range of uncomfortable environmental conditions (e.g., hot, humid, buggy, rainy, etc.) -Working early mornings and sometimes late nights in the field -Handling, marking, measuring, and weighing turtles that can weigh over 30lbs -Excavating turtle nests without damaging eggs to record clutch sizes and egg masses -Transporting eggs to lab incubators -Radio tracking wood turtles in a variety of habitats that may be difficult to traverse (e.g., fields, forests, and wetlands with thick and often thorny vegetation) -Recording data in an organized and proficient manner
Qualifications
All applicants must: -Possess or be working towards a college degree in the biological sciences -Possess a valid driver’s license and access to their own personal automobile -Possess or be willing to acquire their own pair of binoculars by the start date -Have experience and enthusiasm for working long field hours on ecological projects -Be confident working independently in areas with high black bear and coyote densities -Be confident working independently in the field after dark -Be able to pass background checks conducted by YMCA camp personnel -Comply with the YMCA camp’s drug free, alcohol free, and tobacco free policies Qualified applicants will be given preference if they possess any of the following: -Enthusiasm for turtle conservation -Experience working with nesting turtles in a field setting -Experience handling, marking, measuring, and weighing large snapping turtles -Experience radio tracking turtles or other wildlife -Knowledge of Northwest New Jersey’s native flora and fauna To apply, contact Thomas J Duchak by email before the application deadline. Include “Field Technicians for Turtle Nesting Studies” in the subject field and attach the following pdf documents: -Cover letter expressing your interest in the position and your qualifications -Resume or CV -Unofficial transcript from a college or university
Contact Person
Thomas J Duchak
Contact eMail
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