Boreal Toad Field Technician, Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit


Position Title: Boreal Toad Field Technician

Organization: Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Location: Wyoming

Position Overview: The University of Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is looking for one (1) field technician to assist with research on boreal toads in western Wyoming. Technicians will aid a graduate student with research focused on the habitat use and movement of boreal toads. Fieldwork will include surveys for boreal toads at all life stages, aquatic and terrestrial habitat data collection, capturing and tracking toads via radio telemetry, swabbing for Bd, and collecting body condition data. Other duties will include gear maintenance, data entry, and additional work as needed. Technicians must be able to practice sterile techniques to prevent the spread of chytrid fungus.

Field sites are located within the Bridger-Teton National Forest in the LaBarge Creek drainage. This area is remote so technicians should be comfortable with working in rugged terrain, under variable weather conditions, and with no cell phone coverage. Shared housing will involve camping at the field site and hotels/Airbnbs on days off. Applicants must be willing to work a flexible schedule including long days and night work. Technicians and the graduate student will be working and living closely, so the ability to work effectively in a group and get along with others is a must! This position provides an excellent opportunity to gain research experience with a species of conservation need, contribute to conservation, and work in a beautiful Wyoming landscape. The surrounding area has many recreational opportunities for time off.


  • Aquatic and terrestrial habitat data collection
  • Tracking boreal toads via radio telemetry
  • Swabbing for Bd
  • Data entry
  • Additional work as needed

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, enthusiastic about the project, have a strong work ethic, and be able to work individually and as a team.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Valid driver’s license and ability to pass motor vehicles record inspection by the University ofWyoming
  • Completion of or working towards a degree in wildlife science, natural resources, ecology, or a related field
  • Interest in conservation and herpetology
  • Attention to detail and ability to follow protocol
  • Willingness and ability to maintain a positive attitude while working a flexible schedule with long days and challenging conditions
  • Comfortable working at night and in a remote setting
  • Experience working individually and with a team
  • Able to work and hike while carrying equipment
  • Fully vaccinated for COVID-19

Desired Qualifications:

  • Previous field research experience
  • Demonstrated interest in herpetology
  • Experience following protocol, conducting wildlife surveys, and collecting habitat data
  • Experience using handheld GPS for navigation and data collection

Start/End Dates: Fieldwork will begin during the week of June 1, possibly flexible depending on candidate’s availability. The position will end during the last week of August.

Salary/Pay: $14 – $15/hr DOE

Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Position is open until filled.

How to Apply: Please submit a single PDF titled “Lastname_BToad_Application” to containing 1) a cover letter describing your interest and fit for this position; 2) a CV or resume; and 3) names and contact information for 3 references. Please submit the application with the subject line “Boreal toad technician – Lastname”. Please direct any questions about this opportunity to Margot Breiner at