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Cooperative Extension - Area Vertebrate Pest Advisor

Date Posted: 10 Apr 2014 (Show details)

Institution: University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Location: Orange, Los Angeles & San Diego Counties, California
Closing date: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by April 30, 2014 (open until filled)

The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR), a statewide program with local development and delivery, is seeking a Cooperative Extension academic advisor to conduct a multi-county-based extension, education and applied research program. The focus is on both native and introduced wildlife (principally mammals and birds) that come into conflict with human activities, as well as resource protection (residential, public health and safety, natural resource areas, and specialty agricultural).

Nature and Purpose:

The UC Cooperative Extension Area Vertebrate Pest Advisor will facilitate interactions and information exchange among campus based academics, CE advisors and community stakeholders. Focus is expected to be directed on the coordination of Cooperative Extension programming regarding human-wildlife conflicts, particularly within the residential and industrial areas within Southern California where significant human-wildlife conflicts are occurring, with concentration in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties. Human-wildlife conflicts include increasingly critical issues such as negative impacts of wild or feral mammals and birds in agricultural production, food safety, public health and safety, forestry, and natural resource conservation. Recent studies have shown wildlife damage to be of substantially greater impact than previously realized, affecting such diverse situations as air travel safety (airport bird strikes), food safety and water quality (e.g., rodent damage to horticultural plantings and landscapes, water pollution by overabundant Canada geese), endangered species conservation (e.g., predation by invasive red fox), human safety (human-habituated predators demonstrating aggression toward people and pets in suburbia), and public health (West Nile virus and other wildlife-reservoired diseases).

Education and Experience:

A minimum of a Master's Degree is required, though other advanced degrees are encouraged, in disciplines such as wildlife management, natural resources, or a closely related field. The ability to address sensitive human-wildlife situations both orally and in writing, and in public policy conflict resolution and the human dimensions of wildlife management, are required. Experience in wildlife management involving rodents, predators, or birds is preferred. Knowledge of toxicology, animal behavior, and wildlife damage management is highly desirable. A demonstrated ability in applied agricultural research and extension of information is desirable (or Extension experience is desirable). Skills to communicate effectively in a second language are desirable.


Beginning salary will be in the Cooperative Extension Assistant Advisor Rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications. For information regarding Cooperative Extension Advisor salary scales, please refer to the University of California's Salary Scale

How to Apply:

Please visit the ANR Jobs website to view the full job description and application instructions. To be considered, applicants must electronically submit the following four components of the Application Packet to ANRacademicsearch [at] ucop [dot] edu (PDFs preferred). Closing date is 4/30/14.

  • Cover Letter
  • ANR Academic Application Form— from the ANR website at: Please include a list of potential references. If you are selected for an interview, the search committee will contact the references you listed on the UC ANR application form (a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of six (6) names, current addresses, phone numbers and email addresses). Please do not send letters of reference.
  • CV or Resume
  • College Level Transcripts: Only electronic transcripts or legible photocopies of original transcripts will be accepted.

Download a full job description

Questions should be directed to Julie Woodworth at ANRacademicsearch [at] ucop [dot] edu. Please refer to position number AP #14-03 in all correspondences.

Museum Curator and Volunteer Coordinator

Date Posted: 3 Apr 2014 (Show details)

Institution: Para La Tierra
Location: Reserva Natural Laguna Blanca, Paraguay
Closing date: The position is available immediately.

Para La Tierra is looking to add a new member to a young and enthusiastic award-winning team focused on conservation through scientific research and education in Paraguay. You'll need a degree in life sciences with experience of living on a remote (preferably international) field site. You’ll be joining a forward thinking and fresh organization in a dynamic working environment. The position is available immediately, and you should be available for at least an 8 month contract (with the possibility of extension) with a two month unpaid training period, followed by 6 months paid work.

There are two parts to this role:

Museum Curator

You'll be in charge of the Para La Tierra Scientific Collection and building the inventory at Reserva Natural Laguna Blanca.

  • Trapping
    • Use Sherman, pitfall, butterfly and moth, camera and net traps (not an exhaustive list) to continue the inventory of Laguna Blanca according to priorities set by PLT
    • Collaborate in writing articles and short notes based on data collected, including for scientific journals and popular media
  • Databases
    • Update all specimens collected with all details
    • Organize and label all photos of collected specimens
    • Ensure the databases are easily searchable and as complete as possible
  • Take photos of all specimens collected and send them to the scientific director for identification on an agreed day at the end of each month
  • Prepare all specimens and store them according to museum protocol
  • Maintain the museum according to the management plan, and develop its accessibility and education value for tourists

Volunteer Coordinator

You'll look after volunteers, involving them in Para La Tierra's projects.

  • Volunteers
    • Create supervised and unsupervised volunteer activities related to inventorying and volunteer activities
    • Provide orientation for volunteers on arrival
  • Other
    • Work with Para La Tierra to develop ideas and improve all programs
    • Remain in constant contact with the Scientific Director on all scientific projects
    • Assist in general tasks such as shopping and house maintenance
    • Prepare a monthly report of all progress to be submitted on the 2nd of every month
    • Write one blog a month for the PLT Facebook page

If you're very well organized, enthusiastic and keen to learn new skills, sociable and pay extreme attention to detail, apply now by sending your CV, a cover letter and two letters of reference (at least one should be from a fieldwork position) to karina [at] paralatierra [dot] org.

Field Assistants - Anti-snake behavior

Date Posted: 31 Mar 2014 (Show details)

Institution: San Diego State University
Location: Blue Oak Ranch Reserve, California
Closing date: April 15, 2014

The Clark Lab at San Diego State University is seeking motivated individuals to assist in a behavioral study on predator-prey interactions between northern Pacific rattlesnakes (Crotalus oreganus oreganus) and California ground squirrels (Otosperomphilus beecheyi). The work will run from approximately May 15 to July 20, 2014. 

Individuals will live and work with other field assistants at the Blue Oak Ranch Reserve in the foothills east of San Jose, California. Assistants will help with capture and radio telemetry of rattlesnakes, implementation of fixed videography in the field, and behavioral experiments on wild animals. This a great opportunity to gain experience with trapping, marking and handling of animals, radio telemetry, GPS, videography, and other basic behavior and ecology field techniques.

No experience necessary, but applicants with lab or field research experience will be given priority. On-the-job training will be provided.  Must be able to hike long distances over rough terrain carrying heavy equipment, conduct patient observations for long periods of time (up to 10 hours/day), and live in a remote wilderness area with primitive facilities. Must be able to work and live comfortably in variable environmental conditions including both cold/hot weather and in tick/mosquito habitats. Must be passionate about science, hardworking, independent, good-natured, love working in the outdoors, and able to share close living quarters with other researchers. Room and board (research facility fees and food) are provided, but interns will be required to sleep in tents for the entirety of the field season.

To Apply:
Please apply by April 15th. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume (including contact information for three references) detailing your experience with field biology, outdoor skills, and animal behavior to Bree Putman at breeput [at] yahoo [dot] com.

For more information about this project, you can contact Bree Putman at breeput [at] yahoo [dot] com.

PostDoctoral Opportunity - Climate-Forced Extinction Risks for the Herpetofauna of Brazil

Date Posted: 30 Mar 2014 (Show details)

Institution: University of Brasília
Location: Brasília, Brazil
Closing date: Review of applications will begin April 1, 2014, and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

A postdoctoral position is available at Colli's lab, Department of Zoology, University of Brasilia, Brasilia, Brazil, to assess climate-driven extinction risks of amphibians and reptiles across the major ecosystems of Brazil. The position is funded by Conselho Nacional do Desenvolvimento Cientifico e Tecnologico – CNPq (, through the Science Without Borders program ( It is part of a broader collaborative effort between Brazilian and American scientists, lead respectively by Guarino Colli and Barry Sinervo, and funded by CNPq and the National Science Fundation – NSF.

The successful candidate will work with Dr. Guarino Colli and Dr. Barry Sinervo (UCSC) primarily at UnB, but also at other laboratories and field locations in the Brazilian Cerrado, Caatinga, Amazonia and Atlantic Forest. The major responsibilities of this position include:

  • Conducting field and laboratory research to obtain preferred and operational temperature data of amphibians and reptiles;
  • Participating in the development of paleoclimatic models of range expansion or contraction based on ecophysiological data;
  • Contributing to mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students involved in research;
  • Analyzing data and writing manuscripts.

This is an equal opportunity program, open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, mental or physical disability, genetic information, or sexual orientation. To be eligible, applicants must have received a doctorate degree in ecology, physiology, herpetology, or related field within five years of the starting date. The ability to organize, lead and endure fieldwork in a foreign country, sometimes for prolonged periods, is required. Strong writing skills, basic knowledge of the R software environment, and the ability to work independently will be valued, as well as a working knowledge of Portuguese or Spanish.

Terms of Appointment
Monthly salary is R$ 4,100 (annual R$ 49,200), following CNPq payscale for "Bolsa de Pos-Doutorado Junior – PDJ". Funds are available for one year, and renewable for additional years pending satisfactory progress.

To submit an application for this role, all applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter;
  • CV;
  • Statement of research interests/experiences;
  • Names and contact information for three references that are familiar with your work.

Applications should be e-mailed to Guarino Colli (grcolli [at] unb [dot] br) and Barry Sinervo (lizardrps [at] gmail [dot] com) in PDF format.

The position is available starting August 2014. Review of applications will begin April 1, 2014, and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

Stream Ecology Field Technicians

Date Posted: 18 Mar 2014 (Show details)

Institution: U.S. Geological Survey
Location: Northwestern Oregon & Corvallis, Oregon
Closing date: 6 April 2014

Four Field Technicians are needed for stream ecology research in the headwaters of the Trask River in northwestern Oregon from 19 May – 22 September, 2014.

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. 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.

Salary is $12.50–$15.50/hour depending on experience and responsibilities. Living accommodations during 4–5-day (occasionally 8-day) work stints (40 hr/week) will be primitive camping. Some camping equipment is provided but housing outside of work stints is not provided. This is an opportunity to work with the Trask Paired Watershed Study

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.

To apply send cover letter, resume, and contact information including phone number and e-mail address for 3 references to: nathan_chelgren [at] usgs [dot] gov (preferred), or to Nathan Chelgren, USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, 3200 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331-8550.

Applications will be accepted until 6 April, 2014.

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