Student Contractor – Herpetology-Louisiana

U.S. Geological Survey, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center (WARC) 700 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette, LA 70506
Lafayette, LA
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
15.13/hr (GS-04 Equivalent)
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Last Date to Apply
We anticipate hiring up to two student contractors to work part-time on various projects investigating amphibian and reptile ecology and population biology at sites primarily in Louisiana and Texas. The anticipated work will be during the typical work week, but irregular, with no guarantee of a defined number of hours per week. This position is primarily a field position, but the selected applicant may have limited responsibilities that require office work. The position is temporary, with an anticipated start date in January and will last until the end of the field season, which is usually around August. We expect this Student Services Contractor to help with various project activities including but not limited to: nighttime and daytime surveys for amphibians and reptiles; capture-mark-recapture projects involving frogs, salamanders and snakes; daytime trips to service automated sound recording devices; field work for amphibian and reptile disease studies. The student will be required to perform some overnight travel. In addition, long day trips are to be expected. The student will be exposed to field conditions including extremes of temperature, humidity, and rain. In addition, field work involves long days/nights traversing through swamps, streams, and other wetlands. Most field work days are more than 8 hours long, sometimes not returning until 2 a.m. or later. Many field locations are in remote areas with snakes, alligators, bees, wasps, mosquitoes, and spiders. The student must be comfortable with catching amphibians and reptiles (excluding venomous snakes and alligators). The student must also be comfortable riding in boats and canoes, and wading in waist-deep waters. The student must be well organized with good attention to detail for accurate data collection and entry. Previous experience with identification, capture, and marking of southeastern amphibians and reptiles is helpful, but not required. Knowledge of southeastern anuran vocalizations is also helpful, but not required. The Government does not provide housing while working at the principal duty station (Lafayette, LA). Transportation will be provided to and from field site(s). Cost of lodging and meals while on official travel will be reimbursed at standard per diem rates.
To be eligible, applicants must have completed at least 2 years of college within the last 12 months. Student Services Contractors are independent contractors working for the Government and will be responsible for paying their own payroll taxes. The rate of pay will be $15.13/hr (equivalent to GS-04). To apply for this position, please send the following information to Brad Glorioso via email ( 1. A cover letter explaining your interest in the position 2. A resume 3. Contact information for two professional references Please send this information in a single attachment via email with the following subject line: Application - Student Research Opportunity. Review of applications will begin on 12/4/2017 and continue until the position is filled. For questions, contact Brad 'Bones' Glorioso (
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