Job Announcement: Spotted Turtle Technician

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Jan 9, 2021, 4:09:14 PMJan 9
to Northeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (NEPARC)
The Orianne Society is seeking a Spotted Turtle Technician

Job Type: Full-Time Seasonal
Supervisor: Director of the Longleaf Savannas Initiative
Location: Telfair County, GA
Salary: $2,300/month
Closing Date: Open until filled with rolling interviews
Expected Start Date: March 1, 2021

Background: The Orianne Society is a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the global conservation of reptiles and amphibians and their associated habitats. The Longleaf Savannas Initiative is focused on conserving rare and declining species that live in or around longleaf pine ecosystems.

Job Description: The Orianne Society is looking to hire one seasonal technician to assist with Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata) surveys at multiple sites across southeastern Georgia. We are looking for an individual who is enthusiastic about the conservation of reptiles and amphibians and ready to work independently to accomplish the organization’s goals. The position will require working long days in a variety of weather conditions (heat, rain, wind) and occasionally work may take place at night or on the weekend. The applicant must be physically fit, capable of carrying heavy equipment, and be able to walk several miles in high heat. Surveys will be conducted in and around a variety of freshwater wetlands, and applicants must be comfortable working in the water. The applicant must also be comfortable working independently in environments that often contain venomous snakes, biting or stinging insects, and generally harsh conditions. Some of the work will take place on Department of Defense lands.

Housing will be provided on the Orianne Indigo Snake Preserve. Applicants may be asked to drive their own vehicles and pay for lodging/meals while traveling for work. All approved expenses will be reimbursed. The position is expected to start on March 1, 2021 and end on May 31, 2021.

Responsibilities: The Spotted Turtle Technician will work alongside The Orianne Society staff, other seasonal technicians, and occasionally volunteers to fulfill a variety of duties associated with conducting surveys. Specifically, including but not limited to:
  • Visual Encounter Surveys for Spotted Turtles
  • Trapping for Spotted Turtles using aquatic traps
  • Recording data associated with these surveys, including using a handheld GPS and filling out datasheets
  • Processing captured turtles (measuring, weighing, shell notching, etc.)
  • Writing articles or posts for online content
  • Entering and proofing data
  • Using appropriate discretion regarding sensitive location data

Required Qualifications
Previous natural resource field experience, valid driver’s license; excellent organization and communication skills; demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively; successful applicants will be adaptable, detail-oriented, enthusiastic, comfortable working alone in difficult conditions, walking long distances in high heat, comfortable working in areas with venomous snakes and biting insects, and able to work harmoniously with others.

Preferred Qualifications
B.S. in Wildlife Sciences or a related field; previous experience working in the field with reptiles and amphibians. Experience trapping for amphibians and reptiles, handling captured animals, using a handheld GPS (including downloading data to a computer), data entry, and operating a 4-wheel-drive vehicle.

Applications: All candidates must submit a cover letter and resume with three professional references as one document, electronically to Include Spotted Turtle Technician Application in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and the positions will be filled with rolling interviews. No calls, please.
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