Undergrad Research Assistants, Koprowski Conservation Research Lab, University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

Position Title: Undergrad Research Assistants

Organization: Koprowski Consevation Research Lab at the University of Wyoming (UW)

Location: Laramie, WY

Projects

  1. Investigating Seedling Predators of Declining Marula Tree (Sclerocarya birrea) in the South African Savanna These trees are undergoing a decline in abundance caused by adult mortality, as well as and especially, a lack of recruitment (seedlings failing to survive into adulthood). We have run 80 cameras for three years, with the intention of better understanding the distribution and behaviors of potential seedling predators of marula seedlings.
  2. Effects of Wildland-Urban Interface between Wolves and Feral dogs in Mongolia With a growing human population in Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia, an increasing number of feral dogs is becoming a big issue in wildlife conservation because of their impact on the mammalian community, as well as crossbreeding with wolves. In a UNESCO biosphere reserve near the capital, the project aims to assess wolf and feral dog occupancy as well as prey availability using camera traps and develop related species distribution maps. In the 2022 field season 72 cameras were set up and were checked every 30 days over the summer.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Species identification (based on current database of species previously recorded)
  • Sorting photos while maintaining database hygiene and organizational integrity
  • Verifying species identities (as suggested by a machine learning technology)
  • Logging and reporting sorting progress

Hours, Compensation, and Schedule

  • Compensation will be $10dollars/hour 
  • Schedule: 8 h/week 
  • Start: as soon as possible 
  • Duration: fall semester 2022 with possibility of renewal

Qualifications

  • Status as a current student at the University of Wyoming
  • Federal Work/Study students preferred, but all should apply!
  • Chosen applicants will be provided with instruction and species identifications—though prior experience sorting and managing camera trap photos and/or already having familiarity with pertinent species are preferred
  • Outstanding organizational and time management skills
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills

How to Apply Applicants should apply by e-mailing Jeff Dolphin (jdolphin@uwyo.edu) with “Undergraduate Assistance” in the subject line and their resume attached. Applications will be accepted until mid-night September 18.