The Willson Lab in the University of Arkansas Department of Biological Sciences is seeking one (1) field technician for spring/summer of 2018 to assist with a project determining occupancy patterns of prairie associated herpetofauna in Northwest Arkansas. The technician will be based out of Fayetteville, AR and will assist a graduate student with reptile and amphibian surveys in remnant, restored, and degraded prairie habitats. Work will include visual encounter, coverboard, and acoustic surveys as well as collection of vegetation and environmental data. Some mesocosm maintenance and field enclosure set-up will also be completed. Field work will run from early March through the end of July; specific dates will be determined based on the hired technician’s availability. This is a full-time temporary position guaranteed for a minimum of 3 months, with the potential to extend based on performance and availability. The salary is $1400 per month. Housing is not provided, but Fayetteville, AR is extremely affordable and assistance with finding a place to stay will be provided.
Applicants must be willing and able to spend long days in hot and humid weather. This is a field intensive position consisting of physically demanding work. There will be ticks, biting insects, extreme heat, and a high chance of encountering venomous snakes. Expected work schedule is 5 days on, 2 days off per week, but this may vary depending on the rate of progress and weather. Applicants should have prior field experience capturing, identifying, and handling reptiles and amphibians and be in good physical condition. Preference will be given to applicants with previous herp-specific field experience. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license.
To apply: Qualified applications should send a short cover letter, CV, and a list of three references (in one pdf or word file) via email to Chelsea Kross at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Herp Tech” in the subject line.