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Part-time Seasonal Field Biologist (posted 11/29/2016)


The Institute for Wildlife Studies (IWS) is seeking highly motivated applicants for a part-time seasonal (~6-9-month) field biologist position as part of a project that aims to understand the relationship between climate-driven environmental variables and population demographics of northern red-legged frogs (Rana aurora), California red-legged frogs (Rana draytonii), and Hydaspe fritillary butterflies (Speyeria hydaspe). The overall goal is to determine what ecological and environmental factors make a species more or less likely to become conservation reliant due to climate change.

Job description: A successful applicant will be part of a team of biologists conducting demographic studies on populations of red-legged frogs and Hydaspe fritillary butterflies throughout Oregon and California. The primary duties of this position would be to help collect demographic data on frog populations near Eugene, OR from late December/early January through July 2017, with the possibility of an extension to work on Hydaspe butterflies July-September 2017. Some of the duties associated with conducting demographic studies include:

Red-legged frogs

  • Conducting egg mass surveys
  • Trapping and marking tadpoles for mark-recapture analyses
  • Trapping and marking adult frogs for mark-recapture analyses
  • Tracking adult frog movement at night using fluorescent powder
  • Maintaining drift fences, and disinfecting gear
  • Entering data

Hydapse Fritillary butterfly

  • Walking transects and catching and marking adult butterflies for mark-recapture analyses
  • Collecting eggs from female butterflies
  • Setting up and monitoring larval (caterpillar) rearing cages in the field

The position will be based out of Eugene, OR with frequent travel to frog sites within an hour’s drive of Eugene.

Position requirements: Successful candidates will have an interest in conservation biology, wildlife biology, or related field and preferably have or be pursuing a degree in such fields. Experience working with amphibians, especially frogs is desirable, but not required. Must have a valid U.S. driver’s license and be insurable with IWS. The position will also require some hiking to sites while carrying heavy equipment, and working outside in wet and cold conditions. International applicants must already have a U.S. work visa to be eligible. 

Hours and compensation: Anticipated work schedule will be 15-20 hrs per week. Workdays can be flexible but will require working in the field some evenings. Compensation will be $12-14/hr depending on experience.

Start date: Anticipated start date between Dec. 15th  2016 – Jan. 15th 2017.

Application procedure: Please send a current CV, a cover letter highlighting relevant experience, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least three (3) professional references to Jessica Abbott (abbott@iws.org). Applications will be reviewed as they are received and the position will be filled as soon as a qualified applicant is identified.