Jobs working with Amphibians in Colorado and California

Johnson Laboratory, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder
http://www.colorado.edu/ebio/facultysites/pieter/index.htm

Position 1: Laboratory Research Technician
The Johnson Laboratory is accepting 3-4 qualified laboratory research technicians to assist in the laboratory at the world recognized University of Colorado located in scenic Boulder beginning in May and concluding in August 2014. The primary responsibilities of these individuals will be to perform necropsies on a wide range of amphibian, fish and bird species to identify and quantify macro-parasite infections. This will include (i) isolation of macro-parasites for molecular and morphological vouchers (ii) and use of microscopic photography techniques to identify and document in situ and isolated macro-parasites. In addition these individuals will be expected to assist with daily management of the laboratory and to assist with laboratory experiments. Potential applicants should expect long hours at a microscope. Prior experience with animal necropsy, parasite identification, and laboratory experimentation are required.  Salary will depend on experience and housing will not be provided, however it is easy to find a summer sublease near campus.

Position 2: California Field Technician
The Johnson Laboratory is accepting 3-4 qualified field crew technicians to assist in the field sampling season in beautiful Bay Area California beginning in May and concluding in August 2014. The primary responsibilities of these individuals will be to perform an in-depth field sampling protocol focusing on amphibians, fish and invertebrates within pond systems. This will include (i) macro and micro identification of amphibians, fish, invertebrates, and parasites (ii) performing field sampling techniques such as but not limited to: dipnet, seine, visual survey, Bd swabbing, and fishing (iii) and necropsy snail for parasite isolation. In addition these individuals will be expected to assist with daily record keeping and equipment maintenance.  Potential applicants should expect long hours in challenging field conditions. Prior field experience with field sampling and snail parasites identification are required. A valid Driver’s license is also required. Lodging will be provided at Blue Oak Ranch Reserve (http://www.blueoakranchreserve.org).  Camping is required for this position however there is access to an indoor bathroom including a hot shower, a full kitchen, and internet. Salary will depend on experience.
To apply for either Position 1 (Laboratory Research Technician) or Position 2 (California Field Technician) send an application package that should include (i) a cover letter that states the position you are applying for, previous professional experiences, and why you would like to work for the Johnson Laboratory (ii) a current CV (iii) contact information for three professional references (include email and phone number and (iiii) and potential start date.

Please compile the application package into a PDF (one document) and email to dana.calhoun@colorado.edu with the position number in the subject line by March 3rd, 2013. Candidates who do not follow the application requirements or apply after March 3rd will not be considered.

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