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Reptile technician: North Georgia
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Clemson University will be hiring a seasonal reptile technician to assist with surveys across portions of north central and northwest Georgia. The technician will be required to check and maintain drift fence funnel trap arrays on a daily basis and process all captured vertebrates (including the collection of measurements, disease swabs, genetic samples, and pictures).
Other duties include radio tracking Pine Snakes and Eastern Kingsnakes, collection of habitat data, trap construction and installation, leading/ assisting others (i.e., volunteers, students, community members, and project partners) in research activities, transporting snakes for radio transmitter surgeries, data entry, and occasionally assisting on education/ outreach events.
The technician will be expected to work a minimum of 5 days per week, representing a flexible schedule.
The start date is April 15 (somewhat flexible), and the end date is October 10 (somewhat flexible). The technician can take 2 weeks off in July (flexible).
Housing and a travel stipend will be provided.
**Applicants must have reliable transportation for daily travel to field sites.
Applicants should send an email titled "Reptile technician application 2021" to Bryan Hudson at email@example.com by March 25.
Applications should include: (1) Resume/ CV, (2) Names and contact information for two professional references, and (3) A brief statement of why you are the right person for this job.
A 4 year degree in biological or environmental sciences with coursework in vertebrate conservation/ ecology is preferred. Strong applicants will have experience in field work conditions including exposure to extreme heat, humidity, biting/ stinging insects, venomous snakes, rain, and long days working alone.
The technician will at times be required to walk up to 8 miles per day while carrying field equipment weighing up to 20 pounds. The ability to lift up to 50 pounds is required. The technician should thus be in excellent physical condition with no existing health concerns interfering with strenuous physical activity.
Excellent communication and organizational skills are required. The technician will at times be speaking with partners and private landowners.
Those with experience in identifying and handling SE US reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals will be most competitive. **Radio telemetry experience is a plus.
Experience with using basic hand and power tools is preferred.
**A valid US drivers license AND RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION FOR DAILY USE is mandatory.**
Training will be provided for all job related activities.