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Scientific Assistant in Ichthyology

Date Posted: 17 Sep 2016 (Show details)

Institution: American Museum of Natural History
Location: New York, NY
Closing date: 15 October 2016

The Department of Ichthyology at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, seeks a full time Scientific Assistant who will contribute to collection care and maintenance. Primary responsibilities will include identifying, accessioning, and cataloguing incoming marine and freshwater fish collections, assisting with the department’s frozen tissue collection, and database entry. Other duties include specimen preservation, assisting with dry and wet skeletal preparations, loan processing, radiography, and general collection care and maintenance. Additional duties as assigned.


  • BA/BSc in biology or related field is required.
  • Museum experience, specifically a background in fish systematics, anatomy, and specimen preparation, and computer skills are highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with integrated pest management techniques is a plus.
  • The successful applicant will be expected to have good manual dexterity and time-management skills.

Interested applicants should upload electronic copies of their CV, a cover letter describing their interest in this position and any special qualifications, and two letters of reference to no later than 10/15/16: 

If you encounter trouble uploading your files, please contact Marnelli Candelario (mcandelario [at] amnh [dot] org), Budget Administrator, Departments of Ichthyology and Herpetology for assistance.

The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Please be advised that due to the high volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit the needs of the open position.


Date Posted: 2 Sep 2016 (Show details)

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

H. T. Harvey & Associates has an immediate opening in either our Sacramento or our Los Gatos office for a herpetologist. This person will conduct species surveys and monitoring for the California tiger salamander and California red-legged frog and possibly other reptile and amphibian species. This position will sometimes require a person to navigate varying and rugged terrain safely and potentially alone in a variety of weather conditions.

Required Qualifications

  • Academic background in biological studies, wildlife management, wildlife biology, or an equivalent subject
  • Solid field experience
  • A demonstrable background in ecology or wildlife management and broad knowledge of the biology of California’s fauna
  • Current federal (i.e., 10[a][1][A]) or state authorization to handle these species or experience qualifying the herpetologist to be added to a corporate permit for these species
  • Candidates with an M.S. are preferred, but those with a B.S. and direct relevant experience will be considered.

Additional qualifications

  • Valid, state-issued driver license and clean driving record
  • Willingness to work irregular hours (e.g., early mornings, late nights, weekends)
  • Familiarity with best practices for field safety and low-impact principles

How to Apply

Interested candidates should respond by submitting a cover letter, resume, transcripts, and references through this link: using one .doc or .pdf file (system allows for only one attachment, so resume, cover letter, transcripts, and references must be incorporated into a singe file); via mail to H. T. Harvey & Associates, Attn: Personnel, 983 University Ave., Bldg. D, Los Gatos, CA 95032; or by fax to 408.458.3210. 

H. T. Harvey & Associates, an established ecological consulting firm based in Los Gatos, California, employs more than 95 ecologists, landscape architects, and other professionals in six offices in California and Hawaii. Our core areas of expertise include restoration ecology and landscape architecture, plant ecology, wildlife ecology, and aquatic 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, and life insurance, as well as a 401K plan with a generous matching program.

Graduate Assistantships in Ichthyology

Date Posted: 30 Aug 2016 (Show details)

Institution: University of Washington
Location: Seattle, Washington
Closing date: 15 December 2016

Two graduate assistantship positions at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Science at the University of Washington are available in the lab of Luke Tornabene for MS or PhD students. The expected start date is Fall 2017.

Students will conduct specimen-based research in various topics in ichthyology, including but not limited to systematics, phylogenomics, population genetics, biogeography, and functional morphology. Projects involving the Burke Museum’s world-class collection of otoliths, larvae and juvenile specimens are encouraged. The positions are funded through a combination of internal funding, and contracts/grants with NOAA. Salary is approximately $2300/month plus tuition. 

Additional responsibilities may include curatorial duties at the Burke Fish Collection, teaching ichthyology labs, and participating in the NMFS Observer Training program.

Minimum qualifications:

A master’s degree is required for the PhD program. A bachelor’s degree is required for the master’s program. Competitive GRE scores and excellent written and oral communication skills are also required.

Preferred qualifications:

Applicants with research experience in ichthyology, natural history collections, molecular systematics, genetics, and/or bioinformatics are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications for the graduate program in the School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences are due Dec. 15, at Prior to formally applying, applicants should email Luke Tornabene (Luke [dot] Tornabene [at] gmail [dot] com), and include a CV, a short description of your research interests, and contact information for three references.

Assistant Professor of Wildlife Biology

Date Posted: 25 Aug 2016 (Show details)

Institution: Murray Staty University
Location: Murray, Kentucky
Closing date: 15 October 2016

The Department of Biological Sciences at Murray State University invites applications for a tenure-track position to begin January 2016 or August 2017. The Department offers both undergraduate and graduate (M.S.) degrees in a broad range of disciplines.


Teach introductory and upper-level courses in biology, including the three core classes listed above. Conduct research, pursue external funding, and advise student research at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Supervise the student chapter of The Wildlife Society, and advise students towards careers as professional wildlife and conservation biologists.


Ph.D. in Biology, Wildlife Biology or closely related discipline with postdoctoral teaching or research experience. Candidates must be able to teach courses in Wildlife Management, Wildlife Policy & Administration, and Wildlife Techniques. Candidates must demonstrate research potential in wildlife biology as evidence by publications, grants, or other scholarly activity. Candidates must have ability to mentor undergraduates and master’s research students.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates with excellent teaching skills including use of modern classroom technologies, experience in student chapters of The Wildlife Society, experience interacting with state and federal wildlife agencies, strong research abilities, and who can teach Herpetology. 

To Apply:

Please visit and submit a letter of interest, curriculum vita, statements of teaching and research interests, and email addresses and phone numbers for three references.

The application deadline is October 15, 2016.

Please contact Dr. Howard Whiteman, Chair, Wildlife Biologist Search Committee at hwhiteman [at] murraystate [dot] edu with any questions.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Murray State University is an equal education and employment opportunity, M/F/D, AA employer.

Assistant/Associate Professor in Fish Conservation Biology

Date Posted: 19 Aug 2016 (Show details)

Institution: University of Alberta
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Closing date: 10 November 2016

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in Fish Conservation Biology. We are interested in applications from excellent candidates who study any aspect of fish conservation, using any taxonomic group(s), at any level(s) of organization. Use of empirical and/or theoretical approaches in the field or the lab are all welcomed.

The Department is one of the largest in North America, with 65 faculty members and 250 graduate students. This concentration of biologists offers a collegial environment for collaboration among ecologists, mathematical biologists, organismal biologists, molecular biologists, physiologists, and evolutionary biologists.

Exceptional infrastructure supported by both the Department and the Faculty of Science, includes field stations (e.g. Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre), an extensive aquatics facility, plant growth facilities, museums, and access to service units in chemical instrumentation, molecular biology, plant/soil analysis, and microscopy. Members of Biological Sciences benefit from interdisciplinary connections with members of many other departments in the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Faculty of Agriculture, Life, and Environmental Sciences, and the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to a vibrant, forward-looking Department through teaching in the Department’s undergraduate and graduate programmes; building upon their expertise to develop an independent, original, externally funded research programme that includes the ability to recruit and supervise undergraduate and graduate students; and contributing to a collegial environment through service.


The successful candidate must have a PhD and a proven record of leading-edge research, as well as demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching. Candidates with postdoctoral experience in ecology, as well as prior experience in teaching and mentorship, will be given hiring priority. The successful candidate will have a strong publication record demonstrating exceptional research expertise in ecology and show the ability or potential to obtain external funding from different programmes or sources to develop a strong research programme. The successful candidate will have the ability to teach courses in ecology at a diversity of levels and be an effective member of graduate committees for students that tackle a diverse range of ecological questions.

To Apply:

Candidates should electronically submit a curriculum vitae, a one-page summary of research plans, a one-page statement of teaching interests, and reprints of their three most significant publications to fishconservationbio [at] ualberta [dot] ca. Applicants must also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to the attention of the Chair to fishconservationbio [at] ualberta [dot] ca.

All correspondence should be addressed to: Dr. Michael Caldwell, Chair Department of Biological Sciences CW405 Biological Sciences Building University of Alberta Edmonton, AB Canada T6G 2E9

The closing date is November 10, 2016. The effective date of employment will be July 1, 2017.

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3) (e)), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.

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