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Herpetology Wildlife Field Interns and Fellow

Date Posted: 10 Apr 2015 (Show details)

Institution: American Conservation Experience
Location: El Centro, California
Closing date: Start date is mid or late May 2015

American Conservation Experience (ACE), a Nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management of California (BLM Desert District) is seeking three wildlife management interns and one Wildlife Management Team Lead Fellow to dedicate 11 weeks to implement the Flat-tailed Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma mcallii) range-wide management strategy through research, monitoring and management. This management plan will provide guidance for the conservation and management of habitat to sustain and maintain the remaining populations of the Flat-tailed horned lizard.

Interns will work directly with BLM Resource Specialists to conduct demographic and occupancy monitoring in the East Mesa, Yuha Desert, and West Mesa Management Areas. The Wildlife Management Team Lead Fellow will provide day-to-day oversight of the monitoring effort and field projects, as well as be responsible for working closely with the BLM with project logistics and for data-entry and BLM database management.

This position is physically demanding for the Team Lead Fellow and Wildlife Management Interns alike as it is primarily performed in the backcountry and in harsh desert environments. Fieldwork and data collection will require the ability of interns to work as a group and individually, often walking long distances during all types of weather conditions, and over steep and uneven terrain.

The start date is May 15- June 1, 2015. (The actual date may be flexible for the right candidate. Please indicate your start date availability in your application!) Work will end July 31- August 12, 2015 (11 weeks from the start date).


The ACE Wildlife Management Interns will work 40 hours/week and will receive a weekly living allowance of $140/wk for food and incidentals. The Wildlife Team Lead Fellow will work 40 hours/week and receive a weekly living allowance of $ 400/week. for food and incidentals. Housing is provided.

Required Qualifications:

  • Applicants must have a degree (or be working towards a degree) in ecology, wildlife biology, wildlife management, natural resource management, parks and recreation or other related disciplines appropriate to the position. A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable.
  • US Citizens and Green Card holders only
  • Be between the age of 18 and 25
  • Have a deep interest in wildlife and natural resource management
  • Valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation. (A vehicle will be provided for work and travel, but applicants must provide for their personal transportation.)
  • Effective communication skills with all ages and diverse audiences;
  • Able and willing to alone and in a group
  • Able and willing to work outdoors in varying weather conditions and capable of participating in sustained physical labor
  • Ability to work independently in remote areas
  • Personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check

The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the BLM in a professional, positive and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE and the BLM reserves the right to require drug testing.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience and/or knowledge of wildlife ecology and management
  • Experience and/or knowledge in desert ecosystems
  • Experience and/or knowledge of local fauna and flora
  • Experience and/or knowledge in various field data collection methods using standard protocols
  • Experience and/or knowledge with GPS equipment
  • Experience in backcountry hiking and navigation in steep terrain
  • Experience driving four wheel drive vehicles and/or ATV over rugged roads
  • Strong desire to enter the public service field as a natural resource professional
  • Experience and/or knowledge in the mission of the BLM and other federal land management agencies


The BLM will provide the initial training for the interns on lizard identification, plot set up, and implementation of protocols. BLM will provide data sheets, Passive Integrate Transponder (PIT) tags and pit tag readers. BLM staff will show and provide each intern with training on handling and tagging lizards. Defensive Driving with an online test will be required in order to drive the ACE vehicle.

To Apply:

Apply online at

Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the internship announcement. We are looking for determined, strong and developing natural resource managers who are looking for experience working with public lands and resource management.

Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position will close as soon as it is filled. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to call Peter Woodruff, Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator at (801) 989-7069.

Field Biologist - Herpetologist

Date Posted: 30 Mar 2015 (Show details)

Institution: H. T. Harvey & Associates
Location: Los Gatos, California
Closing date: not provided

H. T. Harvey & Associates has a full-time opening in our Los Gatos headquarters for a field biologist with experience conducting surveys and monitoring for the California tiger salamander and California red-legged frog. This position will involve conducting species surveys and habitat assessments, performing construction monitoring, and preparing reports documenting such field work.


Applicants should have a strong academic background in herpetology (M.S. preferred, B.S. with directly relevant experience will be considered), solid field and/or research experience in California wildlife, and experience in ecological consulting. Previous work with California tiger salamander and California-red-legged frog required. Additional experience conducting nesting bird surveys and surveys for other California fauna is a plus.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should respond by submitting your cover letter, resume and references through or mail/fax to H. T. Harvey & Associates, Attn: Personnel, 983 University Ave., Bldg. D, Los Gatos, CA 95032; fax 408.458.3210 and referencing the “Field Biologist/Herpetologist” position.

H. T. Harvey & Associates is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

About H. T. Harvey & Associates:

H. T. Harvey & Associates is a premier ecological consulting firm based in Los Gatos, with more than 120 ecologists, landscape architects and professional staff in six offices in California and Hawai‘i. Our core areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, wildlife ecology, fisheries and aquatic ecology, plant ecology, landscape architecture and restoration ecology. We cultivate excellence in our staff and our work in pursuit of our mission to create ecologically sound solutions to our clients’ complex natural resource challenges.

We offer an excellent salary and benefits package and a positive, progressive work environment. Our employment package includes medical, dental, life insurance, and 401K with generous employer match.

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.

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