Wyoming Toad Field Technician Positions, University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

Organization: This research is being conducted through a collaboration between the Murphy Lab at the University of Wyoming (for more information see https://murphylandscapegenetics.com) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Contact: Questions about the positions can be directed to Dr. Melanie Murphy (melanie.murphy@uwyo.edu) or Dr. Doug Keinath (douglas_keinath@fws.gov).


  • Building and installing soft release enclosures for tadpoles and adults
  • Daily feeding and measuring of tadpoles
  • Release and subsequent monitoring of adult toads
  • Regular surveys for non-captive Wyoming toads
  • Swabbing of toads for Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd)
  • Radio-tracking adult Wyoming toads (tentative)
  • Data entry
  • Other activities as needed

Desired qualifications: Qualified applicants will have the willingness and ability to work long hours (including weekends and holidays) and be flexible with their schedule, as work hours will be determined by animal needs. Applicants must also be able to tolerate harsh field conditions (heat/cold, wind, rain, biting insects, mud, etc.), pay extreme attention to detail, and meet high standards of animal care. Interest in the research, a strong work ethic, and the ability to conduct meticulous data collection for the recovery of an endangered species are most important. Priority will be given to individuals currently enrolled in or recently graduated from an ecology, wildlife biology, or related program with past field experience. Qualified applicants need a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.

Start and end dates: The position will start mid-May and continue through mid-August (start and end dates may be flexible for highly qualified applicants and field season may be adjusted due to weather conditions).

Salary/pay: Technicians will be paid $400-$440 per week (depending on experience) and provided with a shared field vehicle. Technicians will gain valuable field experience while contributing to the recovery of a critically endangered amphibian.

Link to more information: See the full description and find out more about this project.

How to apply: Submit a letter of interest with dates of availability, résumé or CV, and contact information (name, email, phone number) for three references in a single PDF to Dr. Melanie Murphy (melanie.murphy@uwyo.edu).

Application deadline: Application deadline is March 5th, 2018 but review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.