Desert amphibian ecology technician position

Technician Opportunity in Desert Amphibian Ecology

Mid-June through August 2019

I am seeking a highly motivated technician to participate in a study on amphibians, disease, and ephemeral waters in the Sonoran Desert. The study will take place on the Barry M. Goldwater Range, USAF in south-central Arizona. We will be examining how the structure and quality of water sites influence amphibian use, reproduction, and disease exposure.

The work will include checking and maintaining audio-data loggers, identifying amphibian species during breeding choruses, sampling water quality, collecting and filtering water for eDNA analysis and swabbing amphibians for DNA.

This position requires hard work, problem solving, venomous snakes and invertebrates, and a tolerance for desert heat. This is a physically demanding job which requires hiking into remote sites, odd hours and extended hours during monsoonal rains, driving a 4wd on unmaintained roads, and coordinating with military security. Rock climbing or scrambling experience helpful but not required.  Experience with amphibians or collecting genetic samples is desired, but not required. Preference will be given to motivated candidates willing and able to function in the summer desert environment.

The position is from the June 10 through August 23, 2019 and pays 2000/month, housing (furnished with utilities) is provided.

Applications are due by April 15th.

Interested applicants should email Dr. Kerry Griffis-Kyle ( and have “Sonoran Technician” in the subject line. Please include in the email:

  1.  Cover letter addressing (a) Why I should hire you, and (b)How this position will help you fulfill your career goals

  2.  Resume or CV including pertinent work experience

  3.  Unofficial transcripts

  4.  Contact information for three references

  5.  Address, phone, and email

Texas Tech University and the USAF require a background checks for this work.

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