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Paid Internship in Wildlife - Herpetology

Date Posted: 24 Mar 2015 (Show details)

Institution: University of Florida Fort Lauderdale
Location: Davie, Florida
Closing date: 31 March 2015

The Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center is seeking an enthusiastic individual to assist with projects related to research and monitoring of native and invasive reptiles in South Florida. Intern will be expected to work 40 hours a week, including some nights, for a period of three months. The start date is as soon as ideal candidate is identified and available. Salary: $200/week; shared housing available.The salary is $200/week and shared housing is available. (Additional descriptions of ongoing research can be found:


The intern will work with scientists and managers from the University of Florida as well as state and federal agencies. Primary duties include radio telemetry, live trapping, and camera trapping for Argentine Black & White Tegus, as well as herpetofaunal surveys (75%), and necropsy of select specimens (25%). This opportunity will provide necessary training and exposure to arduous conditions of southern Florida and hands-on experience with native and invasive exotic reptiles. Additional duties include data entry and other tasks as assigned. Depending on availability, intern may have occasional opportunities to participate in other research projects.


  • Possess or pursuing degree in ecology, biology, wildlife, environmental science, or related field
  • Maintain work quality and positive attitude in challenging, muddy, rocky, remote settings in hot and humid weather with biting insects, alligators, and venomous snakes
  • Experience regularly hiking long distances in heat
  • Excellent communication skills and accurate data recording are essential
  • Ability to work independently and with others in a fast-paced environment
  • Possession or ability to obtain a valid Florida’s driver’s license
  • Experience navigating off-trail with aid of GPS and compass
  • Working knowledge of South Florida ecosystems and wildlife, experience operating vehicles with 4WD and manual transmissions, and first aid/CPR training is helpful but not required

To Apply:

Qualified and interested applicants should send letter of interest, resume or CV, and contact information for two references to Mike Rochford at crocdoc_jobs [at] hotmail [dot] com. Please include “Biological Intern” and the year of interest/availability in the subject heading with dates you are interested in working. The Application deadline is March 31, 2015.

Other available internships can be viewed at the CrocDocs website. Check out our facebook page for updates from the field and other opportunities.

Herpetology & Ichthyology Field Technicians

Date Posted: 17 Mar 2015 (Show details)

Institution: Oregon State University
Location: Trask River Headwaters, Oregon
Closing date: 6 April 2015

Eight bioscience field technicians are needed for stream ecology research in the headwaters of the Trask River in northwestern Oregon from 18 May – 23 September, 2015. Duties include electrofishing and surveying headwater streams for amphibians and fish, marking amphibians and fish for capture-recapture studies using elastomer and PIT tags, carefully recording animal markings and measurements, characterizing stream substrate, and data entry/proofing. This is an opportunity to work with the Trask Paired Watershed Study.

Work requires a high degree of safety consciousness and personnel must be constantly alert to physical and biological hazards. Hiking in steep, brushy terrain off-trail and carrying heavy equipment is required. Applicants must work well with a team of others, and possess a valid driver’s license. Applicants having prior experience using elastomer or electrofishing equipment or handling fish or amphibians will rank highly. Knowledge or experience with scientific principles, statistical sampling and capture-mark-recapture methods will also benefit the applicant.

Salary is $12.24–$17.39/hour depending on experience, 40 hours per week. Living accommodations during 4–5-day (occasionally 8-day) work stints will be primitive camping. Some camping equipment is provided but housing outside of work stints is not provided.

To Apply:

Apply through Oregon State University job board ( by 6 April 2015: Search postings for posting number 0014149.

Inquiries may be sent to Nathan Chelgren: nathan_chelgren [at] usgs [dot] gov.

Postdoctoral Researcher in Fish Genomics and Genetics

Date Posted: 17 Mar 2015 (Show details)

Institution: University of Toledo
Location: Toledo, Ohio
Closing date: 15 April 2015 or until position is filled.

The Great Lakes Genetics/Genomics Lab at the University of Toledo, Ohio, is seeking a postdoc to help develop, test, and publish a Next-generation sequence assay for detecting and identifying all Great Lakes native and invasive fish species, including those anticipated to invade, from environmental DNA and plankton samples. The postdoc will organize large DNA sequence databases, train and co-supervise students and technicians, and publish results in high-impact journals.

Salary and benefits are competitive.


  • Ph.D. degree required in hand.
  • Publication of Ph.D. results in peer-reviewed journals required.
  • Excellent recommendation from former advisors required.
  • Teaching and supervisory experience preferred.  
  • Data management experience, bioinformatics, and data analysis experience in molecular phylogenetics and population genetics required.
  • DNA extraction, PCR, DNA Sequencing (Sanger and Illumina MiSeq), alignment, and GenBank experience required.
  • Familiarity with QIMME, Unix/Linux operating systems and writing Perl is a plus.
  • Strong communication (written, oral) skills required.

To Apply:

Send cover letter, (CV, two letters of reference, and copies of graduate and undergraduate transcripts as .pdf to Dr. Stepien at carol [dot] stepien [at] utoledo [dot] edu.

The University of Toledo is an Equal Access, Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer and Educator and is committed to increasing the diversity of our campus.

Ph.D. Student Research Assistantship in Fish Genetics and Ecology

Date Posted: 17 Mar 2015 (Show details)

Institution: University of Toledo
Location: Toledo, Ohio
Closing date: 30 April 2015

The Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo is offering a Ph.D. research assistantship for new project on Yellow Perch population genomics/genetics, next-generation sequencing, environmental DNA, kin selection, and chemical cues that may regulate homing. This is a Ph.D. in Biology-Ecology Track in Dr. Carol Stepien’s Great Lakes Genetics/Genomics Lab.

This program starts in summer of fall 2015. Compensation is $23,000-$25,000 annual stipend, tuition, general fees, and student medical insurance paid.


  • Accomplished in writing, PCR, statistics, and field and laboratory skills.
  • Preference to MS degree in hand and publication(s) in molecular ecology, fisheries, population genetics, or a related field.  
  • Required: GPA 3.0+, GRE (verbal+quantitative) of 1100 (303 on the new GRE grading scale) and 4.5 analytical writing, respectively.
  • Foreign students: minimum TOEFL of  250 (computer-based, or 600 paper-based) and 450 (150 on the new GRE grading scale) on the verbal GRE are required.

To Apply:

Apply online at

Contact Dr. Carol Stepien, carol [dot] stepien [at] utoledo [dot] edu for more information.

Marine Economic and Tourist Development Resource Coordinator

Date Posted: 19 Feb 2015 (Show details)

Institution: Tourist Development Department, Okaloosa County
Location: Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Closing date: not provided

Okaloosa County, Florida, is looking for a Marine economic and Tourist Development Resource Coordinator. This person will plan and coordinate programs, and will seek funding related to the promotion of ecotourism, coastal recreation, sustainable marine fisheries, waterfront utilization, coast and marine aquaculture and artificial reefs in conjunction with environmental protection initiatives. 

The candidate must have a bachelor's degree in one of the physical or natural sciences, or a closely related field; supplemented by a minimum of three (3) years of project management experience in planning, program evaluation, research, and analysis with an emphasis on artificial reefs and/or nature-based tourism; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Knowledge and experience of the unique Northwest Florida marine ecosystems and the regional marine community is preferred. Must have expertise working with geographic information systems and other coordinate systems.

To apply, go to Okaloosa County Human Resources website. For more information about the position, go to the listing for the Marine Economic and Tourist Development Resource Coordinator.

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