Herpetology wildlife technician: Pennsylvania and West Virginia

West Virginia University (WVU)
central Pennsylvania and eastern West Virginia
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$15/hour; 40 hours/week; housing provided
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The School of Natural Resources at West Virginia University is seeking a field technician to assist a master’s student with research investigating wood turtles survey design in central Pennsylvania and eastern West Virginia. The technician will assist with conducting population surveys to assess wood turtle detection rates and abundance. Fieldwork will consist of visual encounter surveys in both aquatic and terrestrial environments beginning in early April and ending in late May. The technician will work remotely to collect population-level data (counts, morphometrics, and marking). The technician will be responsible for decontaminating sampling equipment, maintaining equipment, and operating various electronics. Work is performed in wetland and stream environments where there is exposure to extreme and inclement weather and temperature. The work requires moderate to strenuous physical exertion such as extended periods of standing, walking over rough, uneven, steep, and/or muddy surfaces, bending, crouching, stretching, lifting, and carrying up to 50 lbs. Additional tasks will include data entry and management. Housing will be provided at the field site and will be shared with the graduate student.
Technical requirements include previous field research or monitoring experience and experience with GPS and compass navigation. Technician should have experience with meticulous data collection and working effectively and efficiently. Preferred applicants will have previous field experience with amphibians or reptiles. Technician must be able and willing to conduct field research in difficult conditions (i.e. inclement weather, thick vegetation, hilly terrain) and work irregular hours. Technician should be able to conduct field work independently and with minimal supervision when required, have strong communication skills, and have a strong work ethic. Applicants should have a BS or working towards one in wildlife, natural resources, or a similar field. Working with computer and tablet applications, including Microsoft Office, is required. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record. If interested, please submit via email a cover letter, resume/CV, and the names and contact information for three professional references in one PDF file to Ally Beard at anb00016@mix.wvu.edu (Reference “WVU HerpTech” in subject line). *We will start reviewing applications immediately and continue until position is filled
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