Amphibians and reptiles are experiencing exceptional declines, with habitat loss and fragmentation among the leading threats to both groups. The Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Area (PARCA) project is a PARC initiative to develop a network of focus areas designed specifically for the conservation of amphibians and reptiles. Areas are nominated using scientific criteria and expert review, drawing on the concepts of species rarity, richness, regional responsibility, and landscape integrity. Modeled partly after the Important Bird Areas program developed by BirdLife International, PARCAs are intended to be coordinated nationally but implemented locally at the state or other regional scale.
PARCAs are a nonregulatory designation whose purpose is to raise public awareness and spark voluntary action by landowners and conservation partners to benefit amphibians and/or reptiles. PARCAs are not designed to compete with existing landscape biodiversity initiatives, but to complement them – providing an additional spatially explicit layer for conservation consideration.
Habitat alteration, fragmentation and loss collectively are considered to be the primary challenge in the conservation of amphibians and reptiles. PARC has developed a series of regionally specific best management practices, or Habitat Management Guidelines (HMGs), to provide proactive guidance for improving the compatibility of land management practices with these animals. Use this link to obtain information on ordering hard copies of the regional habitat management guidelines.
Tanks, troughs and ponds serve as a critical resource for a broad array of wildlife, including amphibians and reptiles. This handbook describes proven methods for increasing wildlife safety and accessibility at artificial watering features.
Population Dynamics of Amphibians and Reptiles
Montana State University
The successful candidate will develop a research project to understand factors driving the distribution and dynamics of amphibian and/or reptile populations in Montana, especially changes resulting from anthropogenic effects (e.g., invasive species, climate and land-use change). Specific research questions and study organisms (e.g., Columbia spotted frog, western toad, long-toed salamander, greater short-horned lizard) are flexible to accommodate the interests of the student and will be determined jointly by the advisor and selected candidate. The student will pursue a Ph.D. degree in the Department of Ecology at Montana State University (http://www.montana.edu/ecology).
Required Qualifications: B.S. and M.S. in wildlife science, ecology, zoology, or closely related field. A strong work ethic, good verbal and written communication skills, ability to work independently and as a productive member of a research team, ability to work under adverse field conditions are essential. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and 1100 combined GRE score (V+Q).
Preferred Qualifications: Background or interest in community and population ecology and herpetology. Experience trapping, handling, and identifying reptiles and amphibians, hiking, and some experience with plant identification. Evidence of publication in peer-reviewed literature.
Stipend/Salary: The student will be supported by a research assistantship ($1500/month, plus insurance) for the first 2½ years and nonresident tuition will be waived. Additional funding (via teaching and/or research assistantships) will be pursued for subsequent years of support.
Start Date: January 2012
Application Deadline: We will begin reviewing applications on 7 October 2011 and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected.
To Apply: Send a cover letter stating potential research questions of interest and career goals, resume/cv including citations for publications, unofficial copies of transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for 3 references to:
Dr. Andrea Litt
Department of Ecology
Montana State University
P.O. Box 173460
Bozeman, MT 59717-3460
Voice: 406-994-2332, Fax: 406-994-3190
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0321
The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences at Virginia Tech is accepting applications for the position of Postdoctoral Associate. Research will focus on the reproductive effects of bioaccumulative trace elements in turtles. The position will involve documentation of the spatial and temporal extent of contamination from the fly ash spill in Kingston, TN using nondestructive sampling of adult turtles, and studies of maternal transfer and its potential influence on embryonic development. The incumbent will be responsible for interfacing with multiple scientists and stakeholders and playing a leadership role within a large interdisciplinary research team. The incumbent will be expected to submit manuscripts based on the research to peer-reviewed journals and to produce periodic summaries and reports for presentation of results. The incumbent will also be responsible for mentoring current graduate students in the lab and enhancing their current research projects through collaboration.
Minimum Qualifications include a Ph.D. in ecology, ecotoxicology, developmental biology, or related field; a strong background in organismal biology; demonstrated experience working with animals in the field; excellent organizational and writing skills and an exemplary publication record; demonstrated leadership ability and to work as part of a team; ability to work under limited supervision.
Preferred Qualifications include knowledge of herpetofauna of the eastern U.S.; knowledge of pollution or related conservation issues; experience with both parametric and nonparametric forms of data analysis; experience with watercraft; experience with database management using both Microsoft Access and Excel spread sheets;experience interfacing with state and federal agencies
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Position is grant-funded for a period of one year and may be renewable for another year based on satisfactory performance and availability of funds.
Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equity and Access.
Thank you for your interest in career opportunities at Virginia Tech. The search process is currently underway and will continue until a successful candidate is chosen. Following an initial review, selected candidates will be contacted directly for an interview.
Job Title: Project Manager
The Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech is accepting applications from self-motivated individuals for a Project Manager to coordinate research efforts on the effects of pollutants on wild and captive wildlife. The incumbent will be responsible for interfacing with a team of scientists and stakeholders, and helping to manage a large collaborative project. The incumbent will develop and maintain a research database, quality assurance program, and periodically provide laboratory assistance and possibly field assistance (based on the incumbent's expertise). The incumbent will secure and maintain vehicles and field housing, maintain protocols on standard lab and field procedures, develop safety plans, and handle permitting, and will provide support with scientific reports, PowerPoint presentations, and web page management.
Required Qualifications: B.S. in a scientific or related field; Post-graduate research or lab management experience; demonstrated experience with database management; proficiency with PowerPoint, Excel, and Word programs; strong interpersonal and organizational skills; leadership skills; excellent writing skills; willingness to travel periodically to field sites; demonstrated ability to be self-motivated, work independently and as part of a team, and to work independently under limited supervision.
Preferred Qualifications: Working knowledge of basic animal biology and/or ecology; understanding of basic laboratory and/or field techniques; experience with Microsoft Access; knowledge of pollution or related conservation issues; experience with personnel management; experience with quality assurance and safety programs; understanding of how field and laboratory research is integrated.
Note: Applications for this position will not be accepted via email. Apply online at http://www.hr.vt.edu/employment/ Refer to posting number 0110986 (Position title = Project Manager).
Review of applications begins September 22nd, 2011. Applications will be accepted until November 15th, 2011.
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Thank you so much!
Ana M. Denman
Global Wildlife Conservation
PO Box 129
Austin, TX 78767-0129