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Saturday, 14 March 2009
SALAMANDER SPERM SOUGHT
Mood:  amorous
Topic: Out in the Field

CNAH RESEARCH REQUEST Number 164
The Center for North American Herpetology
Lawrence, Kansas
http://www.cnah.org
10 March 2009

SALAMANDER SPERM SOUGHT

The staff of the Warm Springs National Fish Technology Center are in need of
Ambystomatid spermatophores or sperm. They plan to experiment with cryogenic storage
of sperm as a possible method for future restoration of rare species or species becoming
rare (e.g., A. cingulatum). Spermatophores from A. maculatum, A. opacum, or A. tigrinum
are preferred, but that from
other species is acceptable. For further information about how tissues can be sent,
contact:

Chester Figiel
Warm Springs Fish Technology Center
5308 Spring Street
Warm Springs, Georgia 31830
706-655-3382 x 244
chester_figiel@fws.gov

We appreciate any assistance.


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Wednesday, 4 March 2009
Work with Salamanders in the Appalachian Mountains
Mood:  sharp
Topic: Out in the Field

NEWS RELEASE
The Center for North American Herpetology
Lawrence, Kansas
http://www.cnah.org
4 March 2009

SALAMANDER SEASONAL TECHNICIAN

Agency: Purdue University, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
Location: Southwestern North Carolina

Job Description: A seasonal field technician is needed for research investigating headwater
stream community ecology in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Field work will involve
capturing, identifying, gut flushing, and measuring salamanders found in and around
headwater streams, as well as collecting water quality data and aquatic macro-
invertebrates. Laboratory work will involve identifying salamander gut contents and
processing water samples, although the majority of the work will be field based. Field work
will begin in late May and last through the middle of August.

Qualifications: Successful applicants must be able to work long hours in sometimes
inclement weather while hiking in mountainous terrain. Preference will be given to
applicants with a strong interest in stream ecology, herpetology, community ecology, or
wildlife conservation. Previous experience working in the field or with salamanders is
desirable, but not required. To apply please send a resume, brief statement of interest
(1-2 paragraphs), and contact information for two references to Conor Keitzer at

skeitzer@purdue.edu

Salary: $8.50/hour and housing will be provided at a field research station.

Last Date to Apply: Open until filled.

Contact Information:

S. Conor Keitzer
Graduate Research Assistant
Forestry and Natural Resources
Purdue University
715 W State Street
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2061
(765) 494-9597


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Thursday, 26 February 2009
Work with Indiana Hellbenders!
Mood:  sharp
Topic: Out in the Field

NEWS RELEASE
The Center for North American Herpetology
Lawrence, Kansas
http://www.cnah.org
24 February 2009

Title: Hellbender Research Technician
Agency: Purdue University
Location: Corydon, Indiana

Job Description: Two technicians are needed from May through mid-November 2009.
Technicians will assist with field surveys for Hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) in
southern Indiana as well as in other states (e.g., North Carolina, Virginia, and
Pennsylvania). Tasks will include, but are not limited to: 1) surveying, 2) restraining and
handling hellbenders, 3) radio-tracking, 4) collecting and analyzing water quality and
hematology data, 5) sampling for aquatic macro-invertebrates and crayfish, and 6) data-
entry. Surveys will involve rock-flipping and snorkeling in shallow water to locate adult
and larval Hellbenders. Radio-tracking will be conducted from a kayak, canoe, or on foot.

Applications will be accepted through 31 March 2009, but positions will be filled as
suitable applicants are found. To apply submit a cover letter and resume with at least two
references via email to Shem Unger (see below).

Qualifications: Applicants should be able to work well both alone and in groups in varying
conditions. Applicants must be physically fit, able to swim, and capable of lifting at least
50 lbs because many days will consist of long periods of time lifting large rocks in the
river. A valid driver's license is required. Prior experience in the field is not necessary, but
experience using GPS, collecting and organizing data, and kayaking/canoeing is preferred.

Housing: A 29-foot trailer and an additional pop-up trailer will be provided at O'Bannon
Woods State Park. Restroom facilities (including shower) will be provided by the park.
During travel periods, a pop-up trailer will be provided, but successful applicants will be
responsible for their own subsistence.

Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity/affirmative action employer fully
committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

Salary: $9.00/hour

Last Date to Apply: Open until filled.

Contact: Shem Unger
sunger@purdue.edu
(765) 414-5435


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Wednesday, 25 February 2009
California Herp Techs
Mood:  sharp
Topic: Out in the Field

NEWS RELEASE
The Center for North American Herpetology
Lawrence, Kansas
http://www.cnah.org
24 February 2009

Title: Biological Science Technician
US Geological Survey, Western Ecological Research Center, San Diego Field Station
http://www.werc.usgs.gov/
Locations: San Diego, California and Irvine, California
Five full-time, temporary positions (1 Irvine & 4 San Diego)
GS-0404-5/7

DESCRIPTION: This is a unique opportunity to conduct research on amphibians, reptiles,
fish, small mammals, and terrestrial invertebrates in southern California.

The technician will be a part of a science team conducting research on amphibians, turtles,
reptiles, fish, small mammals, and terrestrial invertebrate species within National Forests,
State Parks, Reserves, and US Military Lands in southern California.  Data collection is for
the purpose of understanding diversity, population densities, growth rates, temporal
activity patterns, exotic invasions, genetic relationships at the community and species
level, and the conservation of endangered species.

Field work includes conducting biological wildlife surveys using various methods such as
visual surveys, pitfall trapping, seining, minnow traps, and Sherman traps.  The technician
will identify, catch, measure, and mark animals, as well as collect water quality and
environmental data.  Previous field experience or general knowledge of amphibians,
turtles, reptiles, small mammals, fish, and terrestrial invertebrate species of southern
California is highly recommended.

The field work is often conducted in densely vegetated terrain under adverse
environmental conditions (extreme temperatures, rain, and poison oak.)  The position
sometimes requires long hours in the field working days and nights, hiking, and carrying
heavy equipment.  Some overnight travel may be necessary.  A current valid driver’s
license is required, as driving 4WD vehicles is often necessary.

Deadline is 27 February 2009.  Please apply for the position through the website at

http://www.usajobs.gov

and search under position numbers:

Biological Science Technician (Wildlife)
GS-0404-5/7
Temp/Full Time
WR-2009-0227 (San Diego)
WR-2009-0226 (Irvine)

For more information contact:

Adam Backlin
US Geological Survey, San Diego Field Station
4727 Portola Parkway, Bldg C
Irvine, CA 92620
(714) 508-4702
abacklin@usgs.gov


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Metter Memorial Grants
Mood:  sharp
Topic: Out in the Field

NEWS RELEASE
The Center for North American Herpetology
Lawrence, Kansas
http://www.cnah.org
25 February 2009

DEAN E. METTER MEMORIAL FUND APPLICATION
Deadline Extended Until 30 March 2009

Dean E. (Doc) Metter (1932-2001) was a long-time member of the biology faculty at the
University of Missouri-Columbia, where he taught zoology, comparative anatomy,
evolution, and herpetology. A believer in putting knowledge to the test in the field, Doc
provided frequent opportunities for students to engage in fieldwork. In addition, he
frequently assisted his graduate students as they ventured out to collect data. Doc was a
co-founder of the Bobby Witcher Society, the legacy of which is a scholarship fund. For
many years, the interest earned served to reward outstanding herpetology students who
intended to continue their education and seek a career in vertebrate biology. That fund
now serves a similar purpose by honoring Doc's memory while helping to fund the SSAR-
administered Dean E. Metter Memorial Award.

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Award is: (1) to honor the memory of Dean E. Metter; (2) to encourage
students to pursue field research in herpetology; and (3) to facilitate field research in
herpetology by providing funds for relevant expenses.

AMOUNT
Grants made from the award will be no less than $300 and no more than $1,000. Efforts
will be made to fund as many eligible proposals as possible.

ELIGIBILITY
Applicants must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in an
accredited college or university and be conducting field-based research in herpetology.
This research may occur anywhere in the world, but priority will be given to research
conducted in the state of Missouri.

ELIGIBLE EXPENSES
Expenses eligible for funding include: (1) travel expenses (e.g., mileage, airfare) associated
with the field research project; and (2) equipment for field-based research (e.g., materials
for drift fences, traps, etc.). Funds may not be used for salaries or any other personnel
expenses, travel to meetings, equipment or supplies for laboratory-based research (even if
applicable to the project), or overhead or indirect costs.

CRITERIA FOR AWARDS
The following criteria will be used to make awards:

A. Scientific merit of the proposed project:

B. Nature of the proposed project; priority will be given, in order, to proposals that fall into
the following categories:

1. Natural history studies (e.g., habitat utilization, life tables, demography, reproductive
strategies, behavior).
2. Functional morphology (i.e., relationships between structure and function, particularly
as these relate to natural history parameters).
3. Biogeographic studies, including elucidation of biodiversity in a given area (e.g.,
regional or national biotic surveys), efforts to determine historical events leading to
current distribution patterns, and effects resulting from introductions of alien species.
4. Evolutionary studies (establishing phylogenies based on morphological or genetic
criteria)
5. Other.

C. Relevance of the field component to the overall execution of the proposed project.

APPLICATIONS AND AWARDS
In keeping with the Society's goal of encouraging participation by the broadest possible
community, preference may be given to individuals who might not have access to other
funding sources. All applicants must be members of the SSAR. Past recipients of an SSAR
GIH award in any category are not eligible for this award. Each proposal must include the
following:

(A) TITLE PAGE giving the title of the project, the name, mailing address, office and home
telephone numbers and, if possible, fax number and e-mail address of the applicant. The
title page should include a statement indicating that applicants "will comply with all
applicable permit regulations, and adhere to all appropriate animal care guidelines in the
course of conducting funded projects."

(B) BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES of the proposed project.

(C) METHODS for carrying out the project.

(D) COMPLETE PROJECT BUDGET (indicating for which expenses support is being solicited),
including a listing of all current and pending support for the project.

(E) BRIEF RESUME of the applicant.

(F) LETTER OF SUPPORT from the research advisor, which also will serve to confirm
enrollment at an accredited institution. The proposal must be typed, double spaced, and
must not exceed 1,200 words, excluding title page, literature cited, CV (resume), and
budget. Proposals should be submitted electronically as email attachments. Submit
proposals or questions regarding application procedures to the Chair of the Metter Award
Committee, Joseph J. Beatty, at

beattyj@science.oregonstate.edu

NOTE
All proposals must be submitted no later than 30 March to be considered; SSAR dues must
be paid by the preceding 31 December. Failure to meet these guidelines may result in
elimination of a proposal from consideration. Awards will be announced on or around 15
April. Successful applicants are encouraged to submit the results of their research for
publication in the Journal of Herpetology or Herpetological Review, or to present their
findings at the annual meeting of the SSAR.


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Thursday, 19 February 2009
Salamander Grant Caudata.org/Amphibian Ark
Mood:  sharp
Topic: Out in the Field

The Caudata.org Grant

in association with the Amphibian Ark

Caudata.org is an online community of caudate enthusiasts to promote learning and accurate

information exchange about this taxon. The Caudata.org grant is an annual award utilizing funds

raised by the group to support conservation of caudates. There is a strong preference for supporting

projects that involve biologists from the species’ native country. Grant amounts vary annually based

on the year’s fundraising success.

2009 grant amount: $1000

2009 grant application deadline: 1 March

2009 grant award date: 1 April

Application requirements:

1. Name and institutional affiliation of applicant(s) and principal investigator(s)

2. Title of project

3. Salamander species involved

4. 1-2 paragraphs (<300 words) project overview including brief background, methods, and

anticipated outcomes, with emphasis on actions utilizing these funds

5. Budget overview (in US$) with what our money covers and where the rest is coming from

6. Timeline of work and dissemination of results

Total application not to exceed 1 page, submitted in English as Microsoft Word doc or pdf to

KevinZ@AmphibianArk.org. Progress reports must be submitted every year on award date until

completion of the project.


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Grant Available for Atelopus Research
Mood:  incredulous
Topic: Out in the Field

 Atelopus Conservation Trust

 

MISSION:

Due to the spread of the chytrid fungus, Panamanian golden frogs(Atelopus zeteki) are facing extinction in the wild.

Project Golden Frog/Atelopus Conservation Trust (PGF/ACT) wants to continue to support the research and conservation of these and other harlequin frogs via funding.

GOALS:

The PGF/ACT Grant, newly established in 2007, supports conservation programs that seek to increase our basis of knowledge or continue to protect the endangered Panamanian golden frog and other Atelopus species throughout their range and in captivity.

WHO CAN APPLY:

Field studies and other projects that demonstrate a multidisciplinary approach to Atelopus zeteki receive highest funding priority, although projects involving ex situ conservation of other Atelopus species will be considered.

Research and projects that involve range-country collaborators are encouraged. Environmental education programs, development of techniques that can be used in a natural environment and captive propagation programs that stress an integrative approach to conservation are also appropriate.

Projects must directly affect biological conservation.

HOW CAN YOU APPLY:

Please download, by right clicking, or print the following grant application form:

(For more information, please contact us at goldenfrog@denverzoo.org)

goldenfrog@denverzoo.org


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Tuesday, 17 February 2009
Be, all that you can be, in an ARMI Preserve! ARMI looking for Amphibian Tech
Mood:  sharp
Topic: Out in the Field

NEWS RELEASE
The Center for North American Herpetology
Lawrence, Kansas
http://www.cnah.org
17 February 2009

Job Announcement

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE TECHNICIAN (AMPHIBIANS)
GS-0404-08 USGS
PATUXENT WILDLIFE RESEARCH CENTER

The USGS Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative Northeast program will be hiring a
full time biological science technician to support research in amphibian populations in the
northeastern United States.

This is a term position: to be filled for one year, renewable for up to three years. The
technician will be a member of a science team conducting amphibian surveys at National
Parks and National Wildlife Refuges in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia (e.g.
C&O Canal National Historic Park, Patuxent Research Refuge, Prince William Forest Park,
Rock Creek Park, and Shenandoah National Park).

Field work involves identifying, catching, measuring, and marking amphibians, and
collecting water quality and environmental data. The technician will be required to conduct
field surveys using techniques including visual encounter surveys, dip netting, stream
transect searches, temporary removal sampling, and conducting a mark-recapture study
using visual implant elastomer. All fieldwork will be conducted as part of teams of 2-3
people, so a demonstrated ability and desire to work effectively with a group is imperative.
In addition, the technician provides support for the ARMI lead researcher by completing
data processing (data entry and quality control). The technician creates summaries, and
conducts preliminary analyses as directed by supervisory researchers. The technician also
completes graphical presentations of field and laboratory data as needed for publication
and other presentations. The position also requires database and website management.
Previous field experience with amphibians common in the northeastern US is highly
recommended. The position requires the use of GPS units, digital cameras, and computer
software for data entry and presentation (e.g. Microsoft Excel, Access). The successful
applicant may also be asked to mark amphibians with injectable florescent elastomer.

Most of the work is outdoors, sometimes under harsh or hot conditions or in rain. The
position requires good physical condition, as the job requires long hours in the field
(including some night-time surveys) and hiking with up to 25 pounds of equipment. Some
overnight travel may be required.

The position will be located at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland,
and will be advertised at the GS-08 level.

Please apply for the position through the

usajobs.gov website

and search under position # ER-2009-0132.

For more information contact:

Evan Grant
USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
12100 Beech Forest Road
Laurel, Maryland 20708-4038
ehgrant@usgs.gov (preferred)


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Monday, 16 February 2009
Long-toed Salamander Locality Information Needed
Mood:  sharp
Topic: Out in the Field

CNAH RESEARCH REQUEST Number 160
The Center for North American Herpetology
Lawrence, Kansas
http://www.cnah.org
16 February 2009

Long-toed Salamander Locality Information Needed

As a side project during my PhD, I am leading an effort to build a comprehensive, cross-
border map of the distribution of the Long-toed Salamander (Ambystoma macrodactylum).
We are looking for any GPS locality points that people may have in their field notes for any
of the subspecies
of A. macrodactylum. GPS coordinates are required information. Additional/optional useful
information that we request:

1) Year of observation
2) Elevation
3) Approximate number of individuals observed and life history stage (adult, larvae etc)
4) Prominent landmarks that can be used to verify GPS location
5) Observers name and contact
6) a photo voucher (if possible)

If you have more than one observation, we appreciate the attachment of data as a
spreadsheet.

Please send locality information to:

salamander@zoology.ubc.ca

Thank you for your time and help with this matter. This information will be compiled and
made available to researchers and students upon request.

Julie Lee-Yaw
Graduate Student
University of British Columbia


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Sunday, 15 February 2009
Spread the word: National Wildlife Week March 16-20
Mood:  sharp
Topic: Out in the Field

Dear Friend,

The spring season is rapidly approaching and we know that you're busily booking your volunteer events and outreach. As you finalize your activities, remember to save the date to celebrate National Wildlife Week, March 16-20, 2009.

Participate in three ways:

1. Personally: Take time to appreciate the wildlife in your community. The National Wildlife Week website offers downloads of free activities and service project ideas to do with kids and teens, Wildlife Watch lists of local plants and animals, and fact sheets about the benefits of playing outside.

2. In your community: Organize a time for your friends and neighbors to participate in a wildlife habitat project or to watch for wildlife.

3. Spread the word: Forward this email to others, including educators, parents, and kids so they can get involved during National Wildlife Week.

Since 1938, National Wildlife Week has been increasing awareness about wildlife conservation and the benefits of spending time outdoors. Research shows that a daily Green Hour® (playing outside) improves one's physical, mental and emotional well-being. Be out there.

Starting March 1, visit www.nwf.org/wildlifeweek for more info!

 

Sincerely,

The Volunteer Team


P.S. Did you know that celebrities such as Shirley Temple, Robert Redford, and Walt Disney have all commemorated this special event? Watch Walt Disney's special message: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in0ZPNR2JDo

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Inspiring Americans to Protect Wildlife for our Children's Future.

National Wildlife Federation
11100 Wildlife Center Drive
Reston, VA 20190


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Saturday, 14 February 2009
Work with Blandings Turtles in Illinois (bet you'd see lots of amphibs too!)
Mood:  sharp
Topic: Out in the Field

NEWS RELEASE
The Center for North American Herpetology
Lawrence, Kansas
http://www.cnah.org
14 February 2009

EMYDOIDEA EMPLOYMENT

Wildlife Biologist Intern
Temporary Position: Up to 6 months
Location: Grayslake, Illinois
Wage: $9.00 - 13.00/hr

The Wildlife Biologist Intern will be assisting with a Blanding’s Turtle research project
throughout Lake County. Will aid in all aspects of data collection including, locating turtles
via radio-telemetry and environmental conditions at each location (weather and soil
parameters, water quality, canopy cover, dominant vegetation types, water levels, etc.).
Will be responsible for maintaining equipment including traps, nets, radio telemetry
equipment, nest protection fencing, and remotely triggered digital cameras. Duties will
also include assisting with head-starting efforts and predator surveys such as locating
nests and eggs, transporting eggs to the head-start facility, documenting nest predation
and conducting scent station surveys. May also assist with data entry.

EXPERIENCE: Two years of course work in biology, ecology or a related field with an
interest in herpetology. Familiarity with radio telemetry and turtle trapping is encouraged.
Ability to swim and a strong comfort level around water is required. Ability to work in
inclement weather conditions is required. Must posses a valid drivers license.

HOW TO APPLY AND APPLICATION DEADLINES: Interest in Forest Preserve employment can
be indicated by submitting a resume or completed Forest Preserve employment
application. Applications are available at

http://www.lcfpd.org

or

Lake County Forest Preserve District
Human Resources Department
2000 North Milwaukee Avenue
Libertyville, Illinois 60048
(847-367-6640).

LAKE COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT GENERAL INFORMATION: The Lake County
Forest Preserve District was created in 1958 and provides over 26,000-acres in a county-
wide system of natural, cultural and recreational resources. Governed under Illinois law as
a special purpose unit of government, the mission of the Forest Preserve District is to
preserve a dynamic and unique system of diverse natural and cultural resources, and to
develop innovative educational, recreational and cultural opportunities of regional value,
while exercising environmental and fiscal responsibility.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 7 MARCH 2009

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER

Gary Glowacki
Wildlife Biologist
Lake County Forest Preserves
32492 North Almond Road
Grayslake, Illinois 60030
Office (847) 968-3264
Fax (847) 968-5062
Cell (847) 276-1454
gglowacki@lcfpd.org


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Thursday, 12 February 2009
First day in the field 2009
Mood:  don't ask
Topic: Out in the Field

Well, not how I wanted to kick off the season, but it was still very nice to get out. With my migraine, I cannot drive, so since I was going stir crazy sitting at home, I decided to walk the two miles to a place I used to go as a kid. Back then, it was a mecca of wildlife. Because of chemicals, not so much anymore, but it has gotten better over the last 5 years I have been monitoring it. I have still yet to see any tiger salamanders like as a kid, but keep hoping this might be the time. Yesterday was not.

It was about 60 degrees and raining. In the three hours I was out, it varied from a heavy drizzle to a steady downpour. The high water sign was up on the road I walked for good reason. While my new boots boast water-proof on the box, that only works to the top of the shoe. When the shallowest part of the 'lake' in the middle of the road is almost to the knee, the water-proof shoes then become water holding vessels with the water proofing holding all the water in. When I did get home, I wrung out about a pint of water from my socks!

It was a nice day, so I enjoyed getting out. As for wildlife, I saw one earthworm, two pill bugs (rolly-polies), one tiny water strider and an unidentified bird. The trip was not planned, so I did not bring binoculars like I normally do. I also forgot my 'stump ripper' snake hook that I use for a walking stick. Needless to say, my back hurts as bad as my legs.

 You never really know just how out of shape you are until you try to do something beyond what you should be. I should have been on the treadmill and getting ready for this, rather than just doing it, but I still feel good that I did it.

Well, no salamanders. I did find what I thought was a spermataphore field, but it turned out to be several really white little rocks. If there are any salamanders, I hope that the female doesn't make the same mistake I did, OUCH!

I have heard reports and seen pictures already of many salamanders being found as well as pickerel frogs and wood frogs. Hopefully I will find some soon, but with the cold coming back, it may be a little while longer.  


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Sunday, 8 February 2009
Volunteer to become a Toad Crossing Guard in the UK
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Out in the Field

Giving toads a helping hand

Contact Froglife on 01733 558844 or e-mail info@froglife.org


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New Mexico Herp Positions
Mood:  sharp
Topic: Out in the Field

NEWS RELEASE
The Center for North American Herpetology
Lawrence, Kansas
http://www.cnah.org
6 February 2009

TWO HERPETOLOGICAL FIELD ASSISTANTS

Title: Herpetological Field Assistant (Professional Services Contract Positions)
Agency: New Mexico Dept. Game and Fish
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Job Description: Two individuals are needed to assist agency biologist with monitoring and
survey work throughout New Mexico. Specific duties include participation in established
mark/recapture studies of state and federal listed amphibians, turtles, and reptiles and
general survey work statewide. These individuals will be required to work independently,
but most often with a small crew. Specific duties and scheduling will be closely
coordinated with agency biologist. Individuals must be willing to commit to working mid-
April through mid-October 2009.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a positive attitude, a strong work ethic, and a
commitment to conservation. Experience in herpetological field studies and prior
experience working without direct supervision in challenging field conditions is also
necessary. Must have experience collecting, organizing, and managing large amounts of
live animal and specimen data. The ability to maintain accurate and complete field notes is
mandatory.

Individuals should have a pickup or high clearance field vehicle available for occasional
use. Individuals will work long hours and will often be away from home base for extended
periods of time. Off time is negotiable.

These exciting positions are available as Professional Services Contracts, each valued at
$15,000.00 (mid April – mid October).

Applications will be accepted through 23 February 2009. To apply, electronically submit a
brief letter of interest, a resume, and contact information for references to Charles W.
Painter.

Contact: Charles W. Painter
Email (Preferred): charles.painter@state.nm.us
Phone: 505-476-8106 (work); 505-239-6276 (cell)


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Saturday, 7 February 2009
Tarheel Herp Tech- Work with wildlife in NC
Mood:  sharp
Topic: Out in the Field

NEWS RELEASE
The Center for North American Herpetology
Lawrence, Kansas
http://www.cnah.org
4 February 2009

SEASONAL FIELD TECHNICIAN (HERPETOLOGY)
Position 60034248
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Wildlife Diversity Program

Job Description

We are hiring a field technician to assist with various amphibian, turtle, and reptile
projects in the Piedmont and Sandhills regions of North Carolina. The successful applicant
will assist with herpetological studies including Gopher Frog radiotelemetry and surveys,
vernal pool and Seepage Salamander studies, nocturnal frog-call surveys, Eastern Box
Turtle radiotelemetry, and general herpetological surveys. This position may also assist
with conducting point counts for Bachman’s Sparrows and other songbirds. Field work will
be conducted on Sandhills Gameland, Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge and other locations
in the North Carolina Sandhills and Piedmont.

The job will begin on or around 23 February 2009 and end in November 2009. Work hours
will not be standard, due to the nature of the projects. Some duties will require working
independently in remote field locations.

The employee’s duty station will be at the Sandhills Game Land near Hoffman, North
Carolina. Pay will be $12.25 to $13.50 per hour for 40 hours per week, depending upon
training and experience. The Wildlife Resources Commission will deduct taxes. A vehicle
and other necessary equipment will be provided, and the employee will be reimbursed for
lodging and meals when overnight stays away from the duty station are necessary. Rent-
free group housing will be available in Rockingham, North Carolina.

Qualifications

A 2-year degree in Wildlife Biology or related field is required, with a Bachelor’s degree or
higher preferred. The successful applicant must have a good working knowledge of the
principles and practices of wildlife management and research. Experience with amphibian,
turtle, and reptile identification, radiotelemetry, and a willingness to work with venomous
snakes is essential. The ability to identify southeastern birds by sight and voice will be
helpful. Experience working with Access, ArcMap, and GPS units will also be helpful. We
are looking for a self-starter with good organizational skills and personal motivation, who
can work well independently.

Applications

Send a resume, including the names and phone numbers of 2-3 references, and a cover
letter to:

Jeff Humphries
Piedmont Wildlife Diversity Biologist
404 Barclay Road
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27516
(919) 928-4071
jeff.humphries@earthlink.net

Deadline: Applications must be received by 11 February 2009. Email submissions are
acceptable.


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Friday, 30 January 2009
Hellbender Tech Positions
Mood:  sharp
Topic: Out in the Field
NEWS RELEASE
The Center for North American Herpetology
Lawrence, Kansas
http://www.cnah.org
30 January 2009

TWO OZARK HELLBENDER TECHNICIANS

Title: Hellbender Radio Telemetry Technicians
Job Number: 17955 (Classification: Temporary/Seasonal Positions)
Agency: University of Missouri
Location: southern Missouri

Job Description: One (1) lead technician and one (1) assistant technician are needed for a
Ozark Hellbender radio telemetry study in southern Missouri. This study aims to determine
movements, resource selection and survival of captive-reared juvenile Ozark Hellbenders
reintroduced into a wild setting. Technicians will be required to work closely with one
another, communicate regularly with private landowners, and collaborate with agency
biologists.

Duties include (but are not limited to): Radio tracking Ozark Hellbenders (homing) by
wading or canoe in swift moving water; snorkeling/skin diving to verify animal locations,
collecting habitat data (water depth, temp, flow, substrate, etc); working long hours in
cold, swift moving water; loading/unloading canoes and canoeing in and out of study
sites; working odd hours including nocturnal and early morning sampling; data
management and entry; communicating and maintaining strong relationships with private
landowners.

Qualifications: Both technicians must be strong swimmers, must have a biology/wildlife
background, must have prior experience working in challenging field conditions and
experience canoeing (solo and with a partner) in swift-moving water. Also must have a
strong commitment to conservation, positive attitude, a strong work ethic, and strong
interpersonal skills. Techs must be willing to commit to working through August 31 2009.

Lead Technician: In addition to above the lead technician must have strong organizational
skills, radio telemetry experience, experience collecting and managing data without direct
supervision and experience working with the public. B.S. required/M.S. and supervisory
experience preferred.

Salary: Lead: $10/hour; Asst: commensurate with experience

Last Date to apply: 15 February 2009

Contact: Cathy Bodinof
Email (Preferred): CMBodinof@mizzou.edu
Phone: 540-357-0654 (cell)

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Thursday, 29 January 2009
Summer Work in the Arkansas Ozarks
Mood:  sharp
Topic: Out in the Field

15 Openings For Students To Take Part In REU Summer Research Program In The Arkansas Ozarks -Assessment And Sustainable Management Of Ecosystem Services

The University of Arkansas is conducting a Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF/REU) during summer of 2009 for up to 15 undergraduates who have completed at least 3 semesters of coursework. The focus of this REU is on field-based research on ecological services, and each student will work with a faculty mentor on issues ranging from water quality to ecology of birds and black bears in the Ozarks. This program works primarily with federally recognized Native American tribes and Native American students. However, all other interested students are encouraged to apply. This 10-week program consists of a one-week emersion course on field methods, 8 weeks of intensive Research Experience and a one week Data Analysis and Symposia. Room and board are included at the University of Arkansas, as well as a $400 weekly stipend and a travel allowance.

University of Arkansas REU Program:
    10-week summer program,  1 June to 7 August  2009
    Stipend $4000, onsite room and board, round-trip travel costs
    Detailed Program Information:  www.ecoreu.uark.edu/
    Applications due: February 15, 2009

For applications and more information, contact:

Heather Sandefur/207 Engineering Hall/University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701/ofc: 479.575.7585/email:  hsandef@uark.edu

Questions about this program can also be directed to Dr. Marty Matlock (mmatlock@uark.edu) or Dr. Kimberly Smith (kgsmith@uark.edu).

reprinted from the Herp Digest www.herpdigest.org


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PARC and other Volunteer opportunities get a good plug
Mood:  sharp
Topic: Out in the Field

Reptile and Amphibian Conservation: Volunteer Opportunities Involving Field Research

Hello, Frank Indiviglio here.

The Partnership for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (http://www.parcplace.org/) presents a unique opportunity for hobbyists and others to work in the company of professional herpetologists.  The organization is unique and, in my opinion, far-sighted, in focusing on common as well as rare amphibians and reptiles.  Membership is open to all interested persons.

Working groups are established to address species native to each of 6 geographic regions in the USA, as well as in Canada and Mexico, and volunteers are always welcomed.  Current initiatives range from monitoring smooth green snake populations to assessing vernal pond habitats. 

Frog and salamander enthusiasts can participate in the National Wildlife Federation’s “Project Frogwatch” (www.nwf.org/frogwatchUSA) or the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (www.pwrc.usgs.gov/naamp).  Amphibian deformities, an increasingly common concern, can be reported at www.nbii.gov/portal/server.pt.

State wildlife agencies often support volunteer-based conservation initiatives.  Links to the individual agencies (they all have different names) of each state may be found at http://www.fishwildlife.org/ or on the PARK website noted above.

Please pass along other ideas, resources or questions.  Thanks, until next time, Frank Indiviglio.


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Saturday, 24 January 2009
Work with Oklahoma's Freshwater Turtles
Mood:  sharp
Topic: Out in the Field

NEWS RELEASE
The Center for North American Herpetology
St. George Island, Florida
http://www.cnah.org
23 January 2009

GRADUATE RESEARCH POSITION
CONSERVATION OF OKLAHOMA’S FRESHWATER TURTLES

Drs. Stanley Fox and Chip Leslie, Jr., seek a student interested in pursuing a Master’s or
PhD degree in Zoology at Oklahoma State University to begin work in April or May 2009 on
a project to survey the freshwater turtles of eastern Oklahoma and perform field
manipulations to ascertain the effect of commercial turtle harvest. The project will include
field sampling of turtles at sites previously surveyed ten years ago, sampling sites with
suspected low and high previous commercial trapping, and conducting multi-year
experiments on measuring the effects of simulated commercial turtle harvest at selected
natural sites.

Qualifications: B.A. or B.S. in Biology, Zoology, Ecology or related field; GPA of 3.0 or
better; minimal GRE scores for entry as M.S. or Ph.D. of Verbal 450 (M.S.), 550 (Ph.D.),
Quantitative 550 (M.S.), 600 (Ph.D.), Analytical 4.5. The nature of this position requires
applicants be in excellent physical condition and have experience working independently
and as a member of a team in adverse environments including heat, humidity, venomous
snakes, and biting insects. Any field experience including turtle trapping or other
herpetological experience, boat use, hand-held GPS use, and interpreting maps and
orienteering is preferred, although not required. Only extremely motivated individuals who
are interested in gaining valuable and unique experience in the field of herpetology should
apply. A valid driver’s license is required.

Resources: The successful applicant will be provided a boat and motor, hoop nets, a GPS
unit, access to experimental ponds near OSU, and other necessary field equipment. A field
assistant will be assigned to the project for the summer work, supervised by the
successful applicant.

Location: Field work will be conducted throughout eastern Oklahoma and especially at the
Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge.

Project dates: Preference will be given to applicants who can start 1 April 2009, but
otherwise a start date as early after that (early May) is desired. Funding will continue for
three years. Review of applicants will begin 2 March 2009.

Salary and benefits: An RA position is available for the spring semesters and the summers;
a TA position is available for the fall semesters. Together, these total over $15,200 (M.S.)
and $17,200 (Ph.D.) for the year. In-state and out-of-state tuition is waived for up to 6
hours per semester and 3 hours in the summer (standard load for RA or TA). In addition to
the above compensation and tuition benefit, the health insurance premium will be paid by
OSU. This benefit adds $890 to the value of the financial package.

Application: Please mail or email 1) a letter explaining why you want to go to graduate
school, why you want to be involved in this project, and your experience and credentials,
2) a copy of your transcripts and GRE scores (unofficial copies OK), 3) your CV, and 4) the
names and contact information of three references to

Dr. Stanley Fox
Department of Zoology
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078
405-744-9682
stanley.fox@okstate.edu


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Help the Great Crested Newt
Mood:  sharp
Topic: Out in the Field

Group seeks help with survey of rare species of newt


23/ 1/2009

Do you have a rare species of newt in your pond?

The Berkshire Reptile Amphibian Group is keen to carry out surveys of the threatened Great Crested newt – already spotted in Mortimer and Beech Hill – as well as the Smooth and Palmate newt.

Anyone with a medium or large pond who would like to take part should call Karen Davies on (0118) 930 5336.


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