Reptile Ecology Field Intern – DFW, Texas

Frishkoff Lab - UT at Arlington
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The Frishkoff Lab ( at the University of Texas at Arlington invites applicants for a field internship beginning on March 1 and ending on August 31, 2021. The successful candidate will participate in surveys of lizard communities across the state of Texas and help implement field experiments designed to test the role of climate in limiting lizard ranges. This internship is an excellent opportunity to work closely with Dr. Frishkoff and doctoral students at UTA and gain valuable field experience conducting herpetological field surveys, as well as experimental field biology. Extensive travel is required to conduct field work. Field sites span multiple ecoregions from the piney woods of east Texas, to the rocky outcroppings of the Edwards Plateau, providing the opportunity to work in a wide variety of ecosystems and observe great diversity of lizards and other species. The position will average 40 hours per week, but daily and weekly schedules will vary. While not typical, workdays can be up to twelve hours long and may be split with both morning and evening work. At times, workdays may begin at dawn and continue after dark. Workweeks may include weekends and occasionally may be up to 10 consecutive days. Work will involve traveling to field sites, conducting standardized lizard surveys during the day and night, measuring vegetation, temperature and other aspects of the environment, and monitoring and maintaining experimental infrastructure. Applicants should be pursuing or possess a Bachelor’s degree in biology, natural resource management, biology, environmental science or a closely related field. Applicants must possess a drivers license and a vehicle and be willing and able to travel independently, but will be based out of the University of Texas at Arlington in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Mileage will be reimbursed. The field intern must be self-motivated, follow verbal and written instructions accurately, and have strong communication and decision-making skills. To apply please send the following to with the subject line “2021 Field Intern.” • A letter that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position • A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) that includes the names and contact information of three professional references.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: • Currently pursuing or completed a bachelor’s degree in Biology or related field. • Drivers license and car • Comfort with camping, hiking over uneven terrain, working alone in the field at night, and capable of carrying significant weights in the field (40 lb). • Attention to detail • Familiarity with (or excitement to learn about) reptiles of Texas • Ability to travel up to 10 days at a time and work long hours (10+) in the field during high-heat, summer months • Must possess a positive attitude and be willing to work both independently and as part of a team PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: • Previous field experience in biology, ecology, wildlife management, or a closely related topic • Experience in herpetological surveys. • Capacity to conduct simple data analyses and visualize results using data analysis software such as R
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