The Center for North American Herpetology
24 February 2009
Title: Hellbender Research Technician
Agency: Purdue University
Location: Corydon, Indiana
Update: This position is now filled!
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.
Last Date to Apply: Open until filled.
This position is now filled!