The Center for North American Herpetology
23 March 2009
SALAMANDER RESEARCH POSITION FOR JUNE-AUGUST 2009
I am looking for one or two field assistants to help with research on Long-toed
Salamanders in the Pacific Northwest this summer. The field season will run from June
until the end of August. The job involves helping to locate and catch salamanders, taking
notes and conducting habitat analyses. There is also a small laboratory component during
which the assistant will help with DNA extractions and PCR.
1) Experience hiking and camping required. Preference will be given to applicants with previous field experience.
2) Physically fit. The job will involve hiking to field sites with gear, actively looking for salamanders and long stretches of time outdoors.
3) A willingness to learn, enthusiasm for research and full dedication to the project
4) Must be comfortable working and living in small groups
5) Driver‚s license and first aid certification, are not required but are helpful
1) Canadian citizenship or valid work permit for Canada
2) Successful applicant must have valid health insurance, including coverage in Canada
and the USA for the duration of the field season.
Will depend on experience but, at a minimum, will be more than sufficient to cover living
expenses during the field season
1) Learn about amphibians and get experience in the field
2) Great for outdoors enthusiasts as there is lots of hiking, camping, etc. involved
3) An interesting way to see the Western United States and Canada (Alberta, British
Columbia, Montana, Washington and Idaho)
4) Opportunities for credit and/or an independent project can be discussed
I will be accepting applications until April 15 but interviews will commence before then as
I am hoping to fill this position by May. If interested, please contact Julie Lee-Yaw at:
for more information and to obtain an application form.
Julie A. Lee-Yaw
University of British Columbia