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Native Mussel and Amphibian Technician

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Job description: The Wyoming Natural Diversity Database (WYNDD) at the University of Wyoming is hiring a technician to assist with surveys for native mussels in Wyoming. Surveys will primarily occur in the eastern drainages of Wyoming. The crew is based in Laramie, but we will travel to and camp (tents and/or camper) at field sites. Technicians will survey for mussels using several techniques (snorkeling, viewing tubes and tactile searches). In addition, July will primarily be spent working in the mountains of western Wyoming assisting with a project focused on refining amphibian distributions in Wyoming using visual surveys and environmental DNA (eDNA). Technicians will be asked to backpack/hike across rugged terrain with heavy packs and field equipment.

Qualifications: Applicants with research background in aquatic ecology will be strong candidates, but anyone interested is encouraged to apply. Applicants must have a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and productively work with others and independently. The person must be reliable, have great communication skills, be detail-oriented and be able to record accurate data in all situations. Well qualified applicants will have a high school diploma plus two years of experience in malacology, invertebrate zoology, fish and wildlife management, herpetology, zoology, or ichthyology, or two years of college course work towards a baccalaureate degree in a relevant or closely related field. Experience working in the field, conducting biological surveys, and collecting field data is favored.


  • Must have a valid driver’s license and safe operation of 4WD vehicles will be required.
  • Must be able to swim and be comfortable in and around unfamiliar waters.
  • Applicants should prepare for statewide, long-distance travel and camping in close quarters for extended periods (1-2 weeks at a time).
  • Must be in good physical condition and able to hike for long distances and operate in swift flowing rivers while carrying field equipment.
  • Must perform fieldwork under adverse weather conditions and in remote locations.
  • Will operate on a flexible schedule that may change on short notice.

Hours: Up to 40 hours a week

Wages: $12/hour

When: June 25 – October 31, 2018

Where: Statewide but mostly eastern Wyoming. Technicians will be expected to camp at field sites.

Who: Oliver Wilmot,, 307-766-3013

How to apply: Applicants should email a letter of interest and CV to Oliver Wilmot (

Wyoming Natural Diversity Database is the state natural heritage program and is an equal opportunity employer. We collect and disseminate information about the distribution and abundance of sensitive species and plant communities across Wyoming.