FIELD TECHNICIANS (3-4 POSITIONS) FOR HERP PROJECT
AMPHIBIAN AND TURTLE SURVEYS IN WESTERN IOWA
Applicants will be assisting with a research project in western Iowa evaluating amphibian and turtle use of, and reproductive success in, several classes of wetlands that have been created to mitigate wetland losses in the Missouri River floodplain. Duties include marking frogs captured in pitfall traps, maintaining drift fences and pitfall traps, trapping turtles,
and conducting frog-call surveys. Additional duties may include data entry and data vetting. Field work will be conducted in and around created wetlands in the Missouri River floodplain and applicants must have the physical ability to work long hours outdoors, sometimes at night, in a variety of weather conditions. Tyler Grant, a doctoral student in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Iowa State University and
the U.S. Geological Survey’s Cooperative Research Unit Program, will oversee the project.
Project partners are the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) and the Iowa Department ofNatural Resources.
Qualifications: Applicants should have an interest in wildlife management and
herpetofauna. Preferred applicants will have the ability to identify midwestern frogs bysight and sound. Other requirements include the ability to work independently or as part of a team and a strong work ethic. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record. Strong applicants will have experience conducting frog-call surveys.
Resources: Vehicles, housing, and necessary field equipment will be provided.
Location: Field work will be conducted in Iowa and Nebraska on land managed by the COE
in the Missouri River floodplain.
Employment Dates: Variable start and end dates, from 23 March to 15 August 2010. These positions are temporary, full time, 40 hours per week.
Salary: $10.00-12.00 per hour, depending on experience and anticipated duties.
Application Instructions: Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three references.
Application deadline: 15 February 2010
Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management
339 Science II
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011
Iowa State University is an Affirmative Action employer and will take action to ensure that
employment practices are free of discrimination.
Andres Rojas, DMV