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Job Opening – North Carolina Salamanders

The Center for North American Herpetology
Lawrence, Kansas
4 March 2009


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:


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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