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Todd Lab Herpetolgy and Wildlife Conservation

Current opportunities

Junior Specialist (field technician)

Mojave Desert Tortoise research position

Update October 5: I have concluded the hiring of candidates in 2020. The position will remain open and funding for the project continues for an additional three years. With expected staff turnover during the next three years, additional opportunities to apply for the position will become available. There will not likely be any foreseeable or additional vacancies before Summer 2021. I will update this website should that change.


Previous job ad left in place for future information: I am seeking candidates to fill positions beginning Summer/Fall 2020 (flexible start) to live in residence and work at a field station in the Mojave National Preserve as part of a larger team studying head-starting and recovery of the Mojave Desert Tortoise. The position(s) will likely be funded for up to a few years (pending acceptable performance) and an interest in committing for at least one year is preferred. For candidates with an MS degree, the budget may only allow one year of committed funding for the position. Candidates must work well both in a team setting and when executing research with remote supervision. Primary job duties include husbandry of captive desert tortoises and tracking of tortoises via VHF radio-telemetry in the Mojave National Preserve, approximately 60 miles outside of Las Vegas, NV. Additional duties include data entry and checking, scanning, and saving data sheets, and coordinating with multiple faculty and researchers involved in the project. Evidence in the form of references who can vouch for good communication and team skills are highly desired. For questions about living conditions and the project and other personnel, please feel free to contact a current staff member in residence by email, Collin Richter.

Candidates must have at least a Bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, or related discipline and some familiarity with wildlife techniques like VHF radio-telemetry. Previous experience with reptiles or with the desert tortoise are preferred, but is not necessary; you will receive training and must be added to our permits after supervised experience regardless. UC Davis offers a generous benefits package; salary depends on qualifications but starts at $44,500 annually (higher for those with an MS). Please see more information and apply here: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03697. Please also send your information directly to me by email to notify me of your interest.

Both my lab and the lab of Dr. Tracey Tuberville, with whom this project is run, prioritize inclusion, equity, and respectful treatment of others. All candidates are expected to adhere to the UC Davis Principles of Community and promote a safe, respectful, and inclusive community both in the research team and in broader society.