State of Wyoming ATAW99-07930-Herpetologist-Laramie in Laramie, Wyoming






$21.17 Hourly


Laramie, WY

Job Type

Full Time


040-Game & Fish

Job Number



3/28/2018 11:59 PM Mountain

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Description and Functions


Coordinate and supervise the Southeast Wyoming Lizard and Spadefoot Survey State Wildlife Grant-funded project. Will be responsible for implementing the 2nd year of this 2-year project, supervising technicians, and writing reports to summarize results. This is approximately a 10 month contract position, funded from May 2018 through February 2019. The objectives of the project are to: 1) determine lizard and spadefoot distributions within southeastern Wyoming, 2) examine habitat associations and factors influencing distributions of lizards in southeastern Wyoming, 3) provide management recommendations for lizard and spadefoot species in southeastern Wyoming. Lizard and spadefoot surveys will be conducted in southeastern Wyoming. Spadefoot surveys will also include collecting detailed data using acoustic recorders and weather stations.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The listed functions are illustrative only and are not intended to describe every function which may be performed in the job level.

  • Lead a crew of 1-2 technicians to survey for lizards and spadefoots; survey techniques will entail visual encounter surveys, auditory surveys, funnel traps, and possibly pitfall trapping.

  • Collect detailed data on reptile and amphibian captures and surrounding habitat; compile, enter, and analyze data.

  • Write reports to summarize results and to provide management recommendations.

  • Coordinate efforts with other Wyoming Game and Fish personnel, external agencies, and landowners involved in the project.

  • Work with public and private entities to develop relationships for future conservation efforts.

  • Spend extended periods (1-2 weeks at a time) in remote field locations. A camper, camping equipment, and other provisions will be provided while in the field.

  • Make purchases for the project, file appropriate paperwork, and manage project budget.



Preference will be given to those with a master's degree in wildlife management, herpetology, ichthyology, biology, ecology, natural resources management, or another closely related field OR a Bachelor's degree in one of the previously mentioned fields PLUS at least three years field experience.

Preference will be given to applicants who submit a cover letter (including dates of availability), resume, and at least three references to Dr. Wendy Estes-Zumpf, Herpetologist,, 528 S. Adams Street, Laramie, WY 82070.

**Must have a valid driver's license.


  • Knowledge of reptile and amphibian identification, survey techniques, and management concepts and practices.

  • Experience with and ability to maintain a wide array of field equipment, including acoustic and weather recorders, campers, 4WD trucks, etc.

  • Skill in the use of computer software and hardware, including GIS, databases, spreadsheets, and word processing.

  • Must have a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and be able to work well with others in a team setting.

  • Good physical condition and ability to work in the field in remote areas for extended periods of time.

  • Excellent decision-making ability, oral and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills.

  • Good analytical skills and ability to collect detailed data.

  • Ability to work independently and perform fieldwork in very remote locations and under adverse weather conditions.


None - See "Preferences"

Necessary Special Requirements


  • May work and camp in the field (or stay in a hotel) with coworkers for up to 8 days at a time.

  • Will work a variable schedule (including long hours, weekends, and nights, as needed).

  • Extensive travel within the state is required.

  • May be required to backpack in rough, mountainous terrain and carry a heavy pack (50lbs or more) up to 10 miles in a day.

  • May be required to work, camp, and backpack in grizzly bear country.

  • Required to drive a 4WD truck in rough terrain and to pull a camper.


  • FLSA: Non-exempt

  • All new hires or rehires starting in a non-exempt position on or after January 1, 2018 are required to be paid hourly.

  • For more information regarding this position, contact Dr. Wendy Estes-Zumpf at (307) 745-5180 or

  • Starting date will be May 1, 2018

Supplemental Information

040-Wyoming Game and Fish Department - Fish Division

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