The Conservation Genetics lab at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
*currently seeking a field technician for the late Summer/Fall 2020 season*
This paid part-time position would span 2-3 months. The work would occur as week-long field trips spread throughout the 2-3 month period.
The field work will require individuals to collect environmental DNA water samples from canals and wetlands across South Florida to assess the distribution of Burmese pythons. Physical activity includes squatting and standing up frequently to collect water and lifting >20 lbs coolers. The field work will be conducted outside in South Florida so extreme heat and minimal shade cover should be expected. However, there will be frequent air-conditioned breaks between sampling sites.
Applicants must be recent college graduates (within 1 year) or current students who can commit to periods of 5 continuous weekdays of field work while staying in South Florida. Preference will be given to applicants who have previously conducted field work or have experience working in the heat and humidity of Florida.
Associated trainings will be provided to ensure the applicant can safely perform the sampling procedures, no prior eDNA sample collection experience is required. Travel, lodging, and meal costs are available for reimbursement and/or covered by the lab.
Interested applicants should submit a resume and availability to firstname.lastname@example.org