Field Technicians for Turtle Nesting Studies-New Jersey

Hofstra University
New Jersey
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$1000 term stipend plus food and lodging at a local YMCA camp
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
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
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
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Thomas J Duchak
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