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POSITIONS: Research Technicians and Research Interns

LOCATION: Lake Tahoe basin, Sierra Nevada (California/Nevada)

EMPLOYMENT DURATION: Approximately 15-18 weeks (mid-May to mid-September)
starting no later than May 30 and ending no later than September 16.

OPENING DATE: March 21, 2005

CLOSING DATE: April 15, 2005. Applicants are encouraged to apply early as review
of applications will begin March 30.

JOB DESCRIPTION: This research is part of a cooperative effort among researchers
from the USDA Forest Service, the University of Nevada, Reno, and the
University of California, Davis to assess the effects of habitat fragmentation
and human disturbance on biodiversity along an urban-forest gradient in the
Lake Tahoe basin. Three research technician and 2 research internship positions
are available live-trapping small mammals in coniferous forest from mid-May
through mid-September 2005. Field assistants will be responsible for locating
sampling plots with a GPS, setting up trapping grids, checking traps twice
daily (early morning and late afternoon), handling and marking (ear tags)
captured animals, identifying animals to species, and collecting tissue
samples. Work hours are variable between Monday and Friday.

QUALIFICATIONS: We are looking for assistants who are detail-oriented, have the
ability to manage multiple tasks, and can work independently and as a team
member. Experience with mammal surveys and field identification is required for
research technicians. Some exposure to field surveys and species identification
(of any taxonomic group) is preferred for research interns. Applicants should
be fit and willing to spend long hours in the field, dealing with the
challenges associated with altitude, weather, and rough terrain. Must have a
valid driver's license.

SALARY: Technicians = $425/week; Interns = $75/week stipend

OTHER COMPENSATION: Shared housing will be available in apartments at South Lake
Tahoe. You will be required to buy your own food, but there are full kitchens
and refrigerators in the apartments.

BENEFITS: Opportunity to handle hundreds of small mammals (primarily chipmunks
and squirrels) in the field and participate in a project that will further the
understanding of how humans impact a variety of taxonomic groups in a unique
biogeographic region.

APPLICATION: Please send your resume with three references along with your dates
of availability to (email preferred):

Susan Merideth
Biology Department / MS314
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, Nevada 89557
Phone: 775-784-4712
Fax: 775-784-1369



Position Available: One undergraduate research assistant position
available May - August 2005.

Location: Traverse City, MI

Description: Work together as a team with one graduate student and
another undergraduate research assistant. Duties primarily involve
assisting with experimental setup, presence/absence data collection
for bird species (using both sight and sound), and small mammals
(using Sherman Traps). Vegetation sampling including the use of a
basal area prism and densiometer may also be conducted.

Desired skills: Students with a background or career interest in
natural resources, ecology, zoology are encouraged to apply. The
undergraduate must be able to work in various weather conditions,
irregular hours, and often weekends. Field experience with bird
identification, mammal trapping / identification, tree species
identification, and GPS is desirable but not mandatory. A valid
driver's license is mandatory. Applicants must possess an enthusiasm
for field research.

Salary: $3600 over the summer plus housing and transportation to and
from Traverse City.

Contact: Smruti Damania / Dave Heimberg
13 Natural Resources Bldg
Michigan State University
E. Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: 1-517-353-3030
Email: or


****Field Assistants Needed for Bat Project****

Full time, temporary Field Technician (1) needed for USFS/Clemson University project investigating the use of riparian zones by bats in the Nantahala National Forest of western NC. Duties will include capturing bats using mistnets, handling bats, tracking bats via radio telemetry, recording bat calls with Anabat system, and collecting vegetative data. Field work involves hiking in mountainous terrain, sometimes carrying heavy equipment, getting wet and dirty, and staying up late. Field Technician will supervise 1 or 2 Field Assistants as needed. Housing, a field vehicle, and a rabies vaccine will be provided. Position runs from 1 May - 31 August 2005.

Full time, temporary Field Assistants (2) needed for same project in western NC. Duties will include capturing bats using mistnets, tracking bats via radio telemetry, recording bat calls with Anabat system, and collecting vegetative data. Field work involves hiking in mountainous terrain, sometimes carrying heavy equipment, getting wet and dirty, and staying up late. Housing and a field vehicle will be provided. There are not sufficient funds to provide rabies vaccines for assistants at this time. Positions run from 1 June - 31 July 2005.

Qualifications for any of the above positions: Field experience, particularly mist netting for birds/bats, is desirable, but attention to detail, strong work ethic, good communication skills, and enthusiasm are required. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, high school diploma, and a willingness to work on nights and some weekends. Applicants for the Field Technician position will need to get a 3-part rabies vaccination and must undergo animal care training before beginning the position (vaccine and training to be paid for by Clemson University). To apply, send cover letter indicating the position for which you are applying, CV/resume, and names and contact info for two references to

For more details, check out the webpage: (best viewed with Internet Explorer)

Joy O'Keefe
Graduate Assistant
Dept. of Forestry and Natural Resources
261 Lehotsky Hall
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634


Early Alert
Summer Technician Positions – Bats and rodents
May 1 – August 1

GS-7 Biological Science Technician needed to: 1) conduct mist-net and acoustical surveys of bats in 4 National Park units in North and South Carolina, 2) assist with bat surveys in other National Parks and government properties in South Carolina and Georgia, and 3) assist with rodent trapping on the Savannah River Site, New Ellenton, SC. Qualifications include previous experience mist-netting and handling bats, ability to identify eastern bat species, willingness to travel for 1-2 weeks at a time, valid drivers license. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Position is based in Clemson, South Carolina and is associated with the Threatened and Endangered Species Research Unit, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station.



Beginning today and until these positions are filled, we are seeking 4
Graduate Research Assistants (3 M.S., 1 Ph.D.) beginning summer 2005
(pending funding). Assistantships are on a 12-month basis and pay
$1,255/month plus full tuition waiver and support for research activities.
For more information about our graduate program, see


White-tailed Deer Ph.D. Assistantship: We are seeking 1 Ph.D. student
(pending funding) to study several aspects of deer ecology and harvest
efficiency in east-central Illinois. This student will work with another
Ph.D. student and a large research team on the project. Primary field
activities will include deer capture, radiotelemetry, and population
surveys, and preference will be given to those with previous experience with
these techniques. Dr. Clay Nielsen will serve as the student’s advisor on
this project; please contact him (see below) regarding this opportunity.

Swamp Rabbit M.S. Assistantships (2): Opportunities exist for a team of 2
M.S. students (pending funding) to study swamp rabbits in southern Illinois.
One student will determine potential areas where public-private
partnerships could improve habitat and connectivity for swamp rabbits and
design management experiments to test population response (student to be
advised by Dr. Eric Schauber, see contact information below). The other
student will survey sites for swamp rabbits and forecast the potential
impacts of land management activities and farm programs on swamp rabbit
habitat (student to be advised by Dr. Clay Nielsen, see contact information
below). Primary field activities will include pellet surveys and vegetation
sampling; computer-based analyses will require extensive use of GIS and
multivariate statistics.

Long-tailed Weasel M.S. Assistantship: We are seeking 1 M.S. student
(funding secured) to study long-tailed weasels in southern Illinois. The
student will study how the distribution and abundance of prey affect weasel
abundance and space use at Pyramid State Park. Field experience in mammal
trapping and radiotelemetry is beneficial. Dr. Eric Schauber will serve as
the student’s advisor on this project; please contact him (see below)
regarding this opportunity.

QUALIFICATIONS: Graduate studies will lead to a M.S. or Ph.D. in Zoology
(with emphasis in Wildlife Ecology) at Southern Illinois University
Carbondale. To be considered, an applicant must have (1) completed a B.S.
in Wildlife Ecology, Zoology, or related field; (2) achieved a GPA of at
least 3.0; and (3) scored more than 1,000 combined on the verbal and
quantitative sections of the GRE.


Dr. Clay Nielsen
E-mail: (preferred)
Phone: 618-453-6930

Dr. Eric Schauber
Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory
Mailcode 6504
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-453-6940
Fax: 618-453-6944

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is an Affirmative Action/Equal
Opportunity Employer


Internship Openings for Wildlife Research Assistants

Seeking 4-5 wildlife research interns for a deer telemetry study May to August 2005

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Commerce City, Colorado

This unique Refuge, located 10 minutes from downtown Denver, is nearly 17,000 acres, making it one of the largest urban wildlife refuges in the United States. It consists of open lakes, wetlands, prairie grasslands, and woodlands. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is home to more than 300 species of birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, and amphibians. Due to its proximity to Denver, one of the Refuge's primary goals is to provide environmental education programs for urban school children. Each year, thousands of visitors come to the Refuge to appreciate its wildlife, view the scenic habitat, and learn about native prairie species. Popular activities include interpretative programs, environmental education, fishing, wildlife observation, and photography. More information can be found at

Main duties will include assisting with locating, capturing and radio collaring both mule deer and white-tailed deer fawns, locating fawns and does with radio telemetry equipment, and compiling and summarizing data using spreadsheets.

Good physical condition and ability to work hard under demanding field conditions are required. Applicants should enjoy working independently with a high level of responsibility in fieldwork and data entry. Applications should also be able to work with a partner or team. Willingness to wake up early on scheduled days is required. Preference will be given to applicants with prior telemetry or ecological research experience, but not required. Enthusiasm for fieldwork in hot summer days and early morning conditions are essential.

Project Duration:
Positions are from May to August, start and end dates are negotiable. We are seeking applicants that can commit at least two or more days a week consistently throughout the field season. Preference will be given to those who can commit more time to the project.

Please send a cover letter explaining interests and dates of availability, resume, and names and phone numbers of 2 references to, or to Deer Telemetry Project, Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Building 121, Commerce City, CO 80022. Email applications are preferred. Applications will be accepted until 30 April, 2005. Early applications are encouraged and will be evaluated when they are received, positions may be filled before the application deadline.

This is a volunteer project only, housing or stipend is not provided. This internship can be used for academic credit if arranged by the volunteer.


Job Announcement, Disease Ecology, Spring-Fall 2005

Full-time, temporary (approximately mid May to mid November) Project Assistants needed for research on the ecology of Lyme disease in New York’s Hudson River Valley. Research focuses on the relationships among mammalian and avian communities, ticks, bacteria, and Lyme disease risk. Duties include live-trapping small mammals, point-count estimates of songbird abundance, sampling abundance of ticks, and laboratory assays of tick infection with the Lyme-disease bacterium. Work is conducted in small teams within forested sites in Dutchess County, NY. Field research involves early morning and late afternoon hours and moderately strenuous activities. Prior field experience with small mammals or songbirds is highly desirable. On-site housing is available. Consideration of applications will begin on March 25th. Please submit via email a letter of application, a resume, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references to:

Sarah Bakke
Manager of Human Resources
Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Box AB, 65 Sharon Turnpike
Millbrook, NY 12545

Be sure to cite Job Number 05012


The Mt. Graham Red Squirrel Monitoring Program seeks a
field assistant to help with radio telemetry, habitat
analyses and small mammal trapping in the Pinaleno
mountains of south-eastern Arizona. Travel to the
field site and comfortable housing is provided. This
job provides a great opportunity to learn and polish
wildlife monitoring techniques and is a special chance
to work in a beautiful place on this endangered
squirrel. More information on the Mt. Graham red
squirrel and the project can be found at

Please go to
to apply or search for job # 32372 –
Research/Laboratory Aide. Only online applications can
be accepted, so please do not reply to this email
except for inquiries. Salary will be $9.02 per hour
and the position will be open until filled.

This is a temporary position, due to start in
mid-April for 4 to 6 months, to participate in
population and behavioral studies of small mammals in
the mountains of southeastern Arizona. The successful
applicant is expected to conduct radiotelemetry on the
space use of endangered Mt. Graham red squirrels,
collect measurements of habitat characteristics, and
maintain the databases associated with these research
efforts. Assisting with live trapping of red squirrels
and introduced Abert’s squirrels will also be
possible. The position requires periods of up to 10
days housed in the field without return to Tucson,
necessitating excellent teamwork. Housing in the
field and transportation from Tucson to the study site
will be provided. Field work is conducted under all
weather conditions from summer heat to monsoon rains
to winter snow at elevations above 8000 ft.,
frequently on high slopes; independence, and a
tenacious work ethic are required.

Duties and responsibilities:
Collection of radiotelemetry data on small mammals
Collection of standard habitat classification
Maintain databases: enter and proof data
Participation in other related field research projects
as needed
Familiarity with use of map and compass
Attendance and participation in regular staff meetings
Maintain and safeguard personally assigned and project
Assist in routine maintenance of biology research camp
Participate in day-to-day operations to include:
purchasing, errands, etc.
Completion of necessary University safety courses and

Minimum Qualifications:
One year of laboratory/research, field research,
technical maintenance or archaeological
experience, OR;
Any equivalent combination of experience, training
and/or education approved by
Human Resources
A valid state driver’s license during period of

Preferred Qualifications:
In addition to above:
Bachelors degree in wildlife science, biology or
related discipline
Experience with radiotelemetry under boreal forest
field conditions
Ability to manage and maintain a PC-based computer
Experience with behavioral observation of small
mammals under natural conditions
Experience with live trapping and marking of small
Experience with habitat analyses, especially circular
plot sampling in forested environments
Experience in field studies with threatened/endangered

Sarah R. B. King, Ph.D.
Wildlife Biologist, Senior

Mt. Graham Biology Programs
University of Arizona
School of Natural Resources
Biosciences East, Rm. 325
AZ 85721

Tel: +1 520 624-6439
Fax: +1 520 740-0143


The meso-carnivore ecology project based on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is recruiting applicants for 2 conservation internships offered through the Student Conservation Association (SCA). Each internship will last 12 weeks during the summer of 2005. These positions will provide broad experience conducting non-invasive monitoring of carnivores and other wildlife species. Interns receive housing, a stipend, health insurance, and gain valuable field experience. Application deadline: 4/1/05.

A detailed position description and information on how to apply can be found at:


We are looking to recruit a new graduate student to work in my lab at
the University of Hawaii on the systematics, phylogenetics and
biogeography of Pacific island succineid land snails. The project is
funded by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Marta deMaintenon is the

In order to apply, in the first instance you need to apply for admission
to the graduate program in the Department of Zoology at the University
of Hawaii: Check the website for
admission requirements, and note especially the need to have not only
the general GREs but also it is recommended that you have the Biology
subject GRE. If you are interested, send me an e-mail with a cv and we
can discuss it further.

The following is the formal announcement of the graduate assistantship
that would support the new graduate student for the initial 2 years.
Other funding will be available to support the student beyond this.

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Center for Conservation Research and Training
Pacific Biomedical Research Center

Graduate Research Assistantship available

The Project
TITLE: Revision and phylogeographic analysis of Pacific island succineid
land snails
OBJECTIVES: The project will undertake a systematic revision of the
entire Pacific island succineid fauna (about 80 species). In addition,
the project will investigate the evolutionary and geographic origins and
diversification of the species and the routes via which, over
evolutionary time, they have colonized these myriad islands.
APPROACH: The project will use both traditional analysis of
morphological variation as well as modern DNA sequencing approaches and
analytical methodologies.

The GA will undertake a major part of the laboratory work, and may have
some opportunity to travel in the islands of the Pacific. Ideally,
he/she will develop his/her own dissertation research based on the
project and expanding it.

Minimum Qualifications
Classified full-time graduate student admitted to and enrolled in the MS
program in the Department of Zoology. Interest in the evolutionary
biology and systematics of mollusks.

Desirable Qualifications
Enrolled in the Ph.D. program in the Department of Zoology. Experience
with phylogenetic analysis. Experience in molecular genetics (DNA
sequencing) and/or anatomical dissection and characterization of

Position Details
The position is funded by NSF through the Center for Conservation
Research and Training for a period of 1-2 years. The position is 0.50
FTE (i.e., 20 hours per week) and will begin the fall semester of 2005
(probably 1 August 2005).

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Minimum

How to Apply
As soon as possible, submit (via e-mail) a cv and a cover letter
explaining your interest to:
Dr. Robert Cowie -
Phone: (808) 956-4909

Continuous recruitment, applications will be reviewed beginning 15
December 2004 until the position is filled.


>> A Graduate Assistantship (MS or PhD) in population/conservation genetics is available in the Department of Zoology, Miami University, Oxford, OH. We seek a student interested in using molecular genetic techniques to address questions in population ecology. The successful applicant will work on elucidating the genetics of populations of the woodland deer mouse, which is disappearing from parts of the Great Lakes Region. The project requires extensive field trapping of small mammals in the late summer and fall, as well as laboratory analyses. It will also require close collaboration with researchers from other universities. Initial work related to this project is currently in press; preprints may be obtained at the address below.
>> The student will be supported (2 years for MS, 4-6 years for PhD) on a combination of research and teaching assistantships, beginning in Fall 2005. Assistantships include full tuition waivers and an annual stipend of over $16,000, plus additional summer salary. The Department of Zoology has 33 full-time faculty, about 70 graduate students, and over 1,200 undergraduates. Potential applicants are urged to contact Dr. Susan Hoffman ( as soon as possible. Departmental information, application materials, and more complete descriptions of Dr. Hoffman's research can be found at Hardcopies of application materials can be requested from Ms. Joni Robinson via electronic mail (, telephone (513-529-3100) or ground mail (Department of Zoology, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056).
>> --
>> Susan Hoffman, Associate Professor
>> Department of Zoology, Miami University
>> Oxford, OH 45056
>> 513-529-3125



We would like to strengthen our graduate program within the Department of Biological Sciences at Fort Hays State University. Thus, we would appreciate it if you would tell juniors and seniors about our program. I personally am looking for students interested in studying birds and mammals in the framework of conservation biology and wildlife management particularly in grasslands of the Great Plains. We have excellent programs in fisheries, plant ecology, range management, wildlife biology, conservation biology, extinction and range contraction, herpetology, mammalogy, ornithology, and ichthyology. We have a developing program in microbiology and have developed a DNA sequencing laboratory. Please look at our web page at and encourage your students to do so also. Have them contact me or an appropriate faculty member with questions. Thank you for your time and effort. We look forward to hearing from you or your students.


Please note: application deadline of 15 January 2005

We expect to have one, possibly two, graduate assistantships for highly motivated PhD students to pursue research focused on the ecology of small mammals beginning in autumn 2005. The successful student(s) will be expected to participate in ongoing long-term research directed at documenting patterns and causes of temporal variation in abundance of small mammals on the Konza Prairie. Therefore, the student(s) must have considerable field experience with small mammals (identification, sampling with live traps and handling and marking). The student(s) also will be expected to develop doctoral research focused on population, community, and/or behavioral ecology of rodents or shrews in tallgrass prairie. Some opportunities exist for doctoral research projects to deal with questions concerning patterns of abundance and distribution of rodents or shrews across the environmental gradient of tallgrass to mixed-grass to shortgrass prairie in the central Great Plains. The student(s) will have access to long-term data (1981 to present) on small mammals in burned and unburned prairie to facilitate his/her research. Regardless of the specific doctoral project chosen by a student, the project must be designed to aid in the interpretation of the differential influences of fire, grazing (bison), weather, and geomorphology on abundance and distribution of small mammals in the dissected landscapes of Flint Hills tallgrass prairie. We also expect such research to apply to small mammals in other native and planted grassland systems.

All students accepted into a graduate program in the Division of Biology at Kansas State University are provided with 12 months of support. Whether support comes from a graduate teaching assistantship or a graduate research assistantship, the present support level (stipend plus tuition) is $20,184. Additionally, all graduate students in Biology contribute to teaching needs of the Division regardless of the specific source of their support. The end result is that all students must contribute to classroom instruction for 6-8 hours per week during the 15 weeks of each fall and spring semester, but all students have full stipend support and no teaching commitments during the summer.

Interested students should contact Dr. Donald W. Kaufman ( ) or Dr. Glennis A. Kaufman ( ) and provide a short biography that outlines general qualifications (including transcript), GPA, and GRE scores. Qualified students interested in our PhD-level assistantship(s) also will need to apply directly to the Division of Biology (deadline is 15 January 2005). Application materials and general information on Kansas State University and the Division of Biology are available at . Information concerning the Konza Prairie Biological Station can be found by going to the link for Division Overview at the above site or directly by .

Glennis A. Kaufman
Research Assistant Professor
Division of Biology
Ackert Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-4901

Voice: 785-532-6622


M.S. student positions

I am seeking two highly motivated students interested in earning a research-based M.S. degree in biology starting in August 2005. My students will conduct experiments designed to test hypotheses for the causes and fitness consequences of group-living and communal nesting in rodents. Competitive students may be eligible for a Teaching Assistantship or possibly, a Research Assistantship. Pending funding, it is possible that my students will participate in field work in South America or molecular genetics work in California.

If you are interested in learning more about my research and the University of Louisiana at Monroe, please contact me by email (, or write to Dr. Loren Hayes, Department of Biology, 223 Garrett Hall, University of Louisiana at Monroe, Monroe, Louisiana, 71209.

Loren Donald Hayes

Assistant Professor

Department of Biology

223 Garrett Hall

University of Louisiana at Monroe

Monroe, Louisiana 71209

318 342 1798


M.S. and Ph.D. opportunities

The Department of Zoology at Miami University has assistantships available for graduate students for Fall 2005 (M.S. and Ph.D.) in mammalian behavior and ecology. I are looking for students who are interested in factors that influence sociality and mating patterns in small mammals. I would prefer students with previous field or research experience. The ability to use molecular techniques to access parentage and relatedness is helpful but not critical for this project. Funding exists for students to begin their research in summer 2005. Field research will take place in populations of prairie voles in Illinois and Kansas.

The zoology department at Miami University contains about 35 faculty and approximately half of these have interests in some aspect of ecology, evolution and behavior. We have 50-60 graduate students in our department and all students accepted into our program are supported on teaching or research assistantships.

For more info, contact: Nancy Solomon at Please tell prospective applicants they can find more information on our web page and