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Wildlife Research Technician - Alligator Snapping Turtles Radiotelemetry

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This is a professional position responsible for working on a project radiotracking repatriated alligator snapping turtles. Conducts pre-release surveys and post-release monitoring. Works under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Reports to the Principal Investigator (PI).

1. Conducts post-release monitoring of repatriated turtles using radio telemetry.

2. Conducts pre-release surveys in aquatic habitats using hoop nets.

3. Prepares and/or assists with the preparation of reports, scientific papers, publications and presentations.

4. Provides data to PI every month, including hard copies and electronic copies.

Salary is $2,000/month plus benefits for 3.5 months. 

Desired Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, forestry, wildlife and fisheries sciences or a related field is required. One year of related experience is required. Experience in conducting turtle surveys and radio telemetry is required.

The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that the individual can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation. 

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in towing small vessels up to 25 feet is preferred.

1. Knowledge of, or the ability to learn, university policies and procedures.

2. Skill in radio telemetry.

3. Skill in using computer applications including spreadsheet, database, and word processing software.

4. Skill in collecting and analyzing complex data.

5. Skill in completing assignments accurately with attention to detail.

6. Ability to conduct turtle surveys.

7. Ability to problem solve a variety of situations.

8. Ability to work successfully as a member of a team and independently with general supervision.

9. Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form.

10. Ability to work evenings, nights, and weekends as necessary.

11. Physical condition adequate to permit full performance of duties.

Must be able to travel out of town and overnight (camping) throughout East Texas. Fieldwork will likely consist of four to five days in the field at a time.


Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled. The candidate is expected to begin in mid-May 2021. Please send a cover letter a CV/resume, and contact details of three references to Dr. Christopher Schalk (