The Center for North American Herpetology
15 February 2008
RESEARCH TECHNICIANS POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT THE DIAMONDBACK TERRAPIN PROJECT
We seek to fill 4 research positions assisting on a population study of Diamondback
Terrapins on the Georgia coast. The positions are full-time, in residence positions from 1
April to 30 June 2008 [start dates are negotiable] and pay a monthly stipend of $1500 plus
free lodging. Work occurs at variable hours, weekdays and weekends, is physically
demanding [see description below], and involves work from small boats and in the water.
Stipend: $1500/month for 3 months plus free lodging.
Amenities: Free lodging will be available at a GDNR owned facility in Darien, Georgia.
Rooms will be shared by two people, and house includes full kitchen, 2 full baths, living
area, and computer with high-speed internet access. Residents must bring their own
linens and are responsible for their own food.
Typical Work Day: Because work depends on tidal cycles, work times are variable and
begin between 5:00 AM and 10:00 AM. Work begins by packing gear, loading truck, and
tending to the boat. Travel to sites varies from 30 minutes to 2 hours by car and
additional time by boat. Boat travel is generally calm, but can involve travel through
choppy water (3 to 4 foot waves). Each day, 1-2 tidal creeks are seined for turtles by
wading up to 1 km up and back through shallow water and muck dragging a 36 ft seine.
Turtles captured are then measured and marked on the boat before release, which
typically takes 1-4 hours. The work day ends after arriving back at the house, and all
equipment is unloaded and cleaned.
Qualifications: This job is physically demanding. You must be comfortable and able to
travel by small boat and wade in knee deep mud and swim across deep pools while pulling
a 36-foot seine. Applicants must also be comfortable with outdoor work including biting
insects, heat, and regular encounters with other wildlife including crabs, sharks, alligators,
dolphins, and stingrays. This job also requires persons capable of working and living in a
small group for extended periods. Finally, while not required, applicants with a
demonstrated ability to show care and respect for field research are highly desirable.
Still interested: Though it involves physically demanding work, this job is very rewarding
and enjoyable. You get to live and work on the coast, and will see diverse wildlife and
environments. This is an ideal opportunity for students interested in research experience
or simply looking for a great life experience.
By email, please submit letter of interest and a resume to:
Dr. John Maerz
c/o: Mr. Andrew Grosse
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
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