The Clark lab at San Diego State University is seeking committed, motivated individuals to assist with a field project focused around flat-tailed horned lizard (Phrynosoma mcallii) genomics.
Fieldwork to collect tissue samples will take place between May and August 2022 on designated Navy land Outside El Centro, California in the Imperial Valley. Assistants will help visually locate and capture lizards, then collect morphological and environmental data and perform minor procedures including tissue sample collection.
This project will provide the opportunity to work with a California Species of Special Concern in one of the most extreme environments in the world. Assistants will hone skills in wildlife visual encounter surveying, reptile handling, data collection, tissue sample collection, and mapping.
No experience necessary; on-the-job training will be provided. Must be capable of hiking long distances across harsh terrain in hot, sandy, dry conditions while carrying field gear, working early morning hours, and thinking on your feet. Must be able to live in extreme desert conditions and work under stress of heat, blowing sand, sudden flooding rainstorms, and humidity. Must be passionate about biology, hardworking, independent, enthusiastic, love working in the outdoors, and be able to live in close quarters with a field crew. Room and board will be provided. Applicants with a vehicle will be able to access nearby San Diego or other destinations during off time, but a vehicle is not necessary to apply.
To apply please send a cover letter and resume (with contact information for three references) detailing experience and/or interest in field biology, outdoor skills, or herpetology to Craig Fischer at email@example.com. Applications received before April 18th will be given priority.