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Herpetology Paid Internship

Date Posted: 28 Jun 2015 (Show details)

Institution: University of Florida, Fort Lauderdale
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Closing date: 10 July, 2015

The Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center is seeking an enthusiastic individual for immediate hire. Intern will assist with projects related to research and monitoring of native and invasive reptiles in southern Florida. Candidates will be expected to work 40 hours a week, including occasional nights, for a period of 12-16 weeks with possibility of promotion to Wildlife Technician dependent upon performance and funding. Additional descriptions of ongoing research can be found at

The salary is $200/week. Shared housing may be available. The position starts soon as the candidate is identified and available, ideally August or September 2015.


Intern will work with scientists and managers from the University of Florida as well as state and federal agencies. Primary duties include radio tracking, live trapping, and camera trapping for Argentine Black & White Tegus (50%), as well as herpetofaunal surveys (20%), necropsy of select specimens (20%), and American Crocodile data collection (10%). This opportunity will provide necessary training and exposure to arduous conditions of southern Florida and hands-on experience with native and invasive exotic reptiles. This position has an intensive and demanding field component. 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
  • 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, native wildlife identification, and wilderness first aid/first aid/CPR training is helpful but not required

To Apply

Please send letter of interest and resume or CV by email to Mike Rochford at crocdoc_jobs [at] hotmail [dot] com and use subject heading “Summer Biological Intern.” The application deadline is July 10, 2015.

Field Biologist / Herpetologist

Date Posted: 26 Jun 2015 (Show details)

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

H. T. Harvey & Associates has an a full-time opening in their 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 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.

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

M.Sc Graduate Research Assistantships

Date Posted: 3 Jun 2015 (Show details)

Institution: University of Houston Clear Lake
Location: Houston, Texas
Closing date: 15, August 2015

Excellent opportunities exist for new graduate students interested in freshwater, estuarine, and marine ecology (wetlands, aquatic, avian, fish). Several projects are expected to be funded starting fall 2015. These include:

  • Statewide evaluation of the condition of wetlands;
  • Intertidal habitat use by wading birds;
  • Mapping of intertidal oyster reef habitat;
  • Evaluation of ecology of invasive fish species in urban environments;
  • Ecology of native estuarine and freshwater fishes;
  • Terrapin ecology.

Individuals will be responsible for conducting applied research projects under direction of a graduate advisor in coastal and/or river and stream systems in Texas. Student will be responsible for learning and operating various field and laboratory methodologies such as: banding, telemetry, survey instruments, ADCP current meters, side scan sonar, aerial drones, electrofishing gear, nets and boats. Students will work with interdisciplinary team of scientists and fellow graduate students in sometimes remote locations.

The campus of University of Houston Clear Lakeis located in beautiful natural area adjacent ot NASA and the Armand Bayou Nature Center, and 5 minutes from Galveston Bay and Clear Lake and 30 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico.

There is potential funding to support up to 3-5 M.S. students. Compensations includes $2000 per month (full-time): normally 50% during full-semesters and 100% in summer. It also includes the waiver of out of state tuition rate;  in-state tuition rate applies.


  • Graduation from recognized accredited university with a B.S. degree in an appropriate field depending on research interest (e.g. fisheries, wildlife science, herpetology, aquatic/marine biology) with excellent academic credentials and letters of reference;
  • Acceptance into graduate school in the Environmental Science Program at UHCL (M.S. Thesis Option);
  • Ability to carry out strenuous field work;
  • Depending on project: previous experience using boats, sampling gear, and taxonomic skills (e.g. birds, plants, fish or aquatic invertebrates) a plus;  
  • Academic commitment to work on project fulltime and timely completion of project. 

To Apply:

Contact Dr. George Guillen, Graduate Advisor at 281-283-3950 or  guillen [at] uhcl [dot] edu

Department Head in Fisheries and Wildlife

Date Posted: 2 Jun 2015 (Show details)

Institution: Oregon State University
Location: Corvallis, Oregon
Closing date: For full considerations, applications must be received by 31 August 2015. Closing date is 30 September 2015

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife of Oregon State University is seeking a Department Head. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position.

The Department Head provides overall administrative leadership for the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in all of its functions. The individual leads a multi-faceted department with programs in applied and basic sciences, undergraduate and graduate programs and extended education. As a key contact person, the Department Head must have the ability to: interpret the dynamics of ecosystems and the interrelationships between humans and fish and wildlife resources; articulate this vision effectively to faculty, staff, industry groups, public agencies, community colleges and secondary schools and private organizations; and establish programs and processes which address this vision and effectively lead faculty toward accomplishment of the department's goals. As the chief administrative officer, the Department Head participates in the administration of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Oregon State University.

Visit the Department Head posting at for more information on this position.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or terminal degree in a field relevant to Fisheries and Wildlife.
  • Must hold rank of tenured associate professor or equivalent.
  • A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
  • Leadership and success in securing internal and external programmatic support for instruction, research, service or outreach.
  • Proven experience and commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of stakeholders, such as university administrators, academic unit leaders, faculty, government and non-government organizations, industry, volunteers, and the public.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated successful leadership in the strategic planning and management of a large and complex organization or research program.
  • Demonstrated competence in and dedication to recruitment, retention and success of faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds.
  • Record of/commitment to work with underrepresented/underserved students or other audiences.
  • Achieved rank of tenured full Professor or equivalent.
  • Experience in liaison roles with local communities.
  • Familiarity with relevant State and Federal research agencies and programs.
  • Proven success at obtaining extramural grants and non-governmental funding and experience in expanding alliances with the private sector.
  • Experience with development and fundraising.
  • Commitment to high quality and innovative research, outreach and education.
  • Experience in developing and administration of on-line courses and educational programs.
  • Clear understanding of the mission of land and sea grant institutions.

To Apply:

Apply online. All applications must include:

  • A resume/CV that includes the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone contact numbers (Upload as 'Other Document' if not included with your resume/vitae).
  • A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

For additional information please contact: Susan Capalbo, (541)737-5639, Susan [dot] Capalbo [at] oregonstate [dot] edu.

Ichthyology Project Technician

Date Posted: 2 Jun 2015 (Show details)

Institution: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Closing date: 15 June 2105

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCSM) is looking to hire a 3 year, full-time project technician in the Fishes Unit of the Research and Collections Section. This position will be funded via an NSF CSBR grant. The person in this position will work closely with the Collections Manager of Fishes and Project Manager in the processing of recently-acquired collections. Processing will include all aspects of curation, such as stabilizing, labeling, databasing, etc.

The NCSM Research Lab is located at 1671 Gold Star Drive, Raleigh, North Carolina, 27606. The position starts in mid-July 2015.

Essential Functions:

  • Stabilizing specimens in ethanol
  • Cataloging specimens using an MS Access database
  • Georeferencing locality information
  • Updating taxonomic information
  • Labeling and shelving specimens
  • Assisting with Citizen Science Curator project
  • Supervising volunteers and student interns

Qualifications Preferred:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in biology or related field
  • Curatorial experience in natural history collections
  • Databasing experience, preferably with Microsoft Access
  • Efficient attention to detail
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs and work with various chemicals

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Gabriela Hogue (gabriela [dot] hogue [at] naturalsciences [dot] org) by June 15, 2015.

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