Native Mussel Technician, Wyoming Natural Diversity Database

Laramie, Wyoming 

Organization: Wyoming Natural Diversity Database

Type of opportunity: Part to full time, seasonal

Contact: Lusha Tronstad,, (307) 766-3115

Duties: 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 Salt, Gros Ventre, Bear and Green River drainages of Wyoming.  The crew will be based in Laramie and travel to sites for surveys.  Crews will camp (tents and/or camper) at field sites.  Technicians will survey for mussels using several techniques (for example, snorkeling, viewing tubes and tactile searches).  Technician may also help with small mammal surveys and data entry.

Desired 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 in a team setting 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 malacology, invertebrate zoology, fish and wildlife management, herpetology, zoology, ichthyology, 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.
  • Must be able to swim and be comfortable in and around unfamiliar waters.
  • Safe operation of 4WD vehicles and pulling a camper will be required.
  • Applicants should prepare for statewide, long-distance travel and camping in close quarters with a field crew for extended periods (1-2 weeks at a time).
  • Must be in good physical condition and able to hike for long distances on uneven river banks and 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.

Start and end dates: July 18 – October 28, 2016

Salary/pay: $12/hour

How to apply: Applicants should email a letter of interest and CV to Lusha Tronstad at