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Amphibian/small mammal jobs available now (fwd)



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Date: Mon, 31 Mar 1997 20:58:24 -0600
From: Gary Casper <gsc@csd.uwm.edu>
Subject: Amphibian/small mammal jobs available now

ANNOUNCEMENT: TWO 6-MONTH, FULL-TIME LTE POSITIONS WITH WIS DNR, ON 
 STUDIES OF AMPHIBIAN AND SMALL MAMMAL POPULATIONS. Both positions 
 begin 15 April (or ASAP), end approximately 15 Oct 1997. Pay range 
 $9.25-10.25/hr, depending on qualifications. Send letter and resume by 
 1 April 1997 to Mike Mossman, WDNR Bureau of Integrated Science 
 Services, 1350 Femrite Drive, Monona WI 53716. Phone 
 608-544-5501/608-221-6346. Email mossmm@dnr.state.wi.us
 
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 POSITION 1: AMPHIBIAN FIELD SURVEY SPECIALIST. 
 
 JUSTIFICATION FOR HIRE: The Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey (WFTS) is a 
 longterm monitoring program begun in 1981. DNR, federal, and 
 volunteer cooperators have spent thousands of hours for this survey, 
 conducting auditory, nocturnal frog surveys along permanent roadside 
 routes. The WFTS was used as a model by the N. Am. Amphibian 
 Monitoring Program (NAAMP) to monitor frogs continent-wide, but 
 NAAMP's protocol is different from Wisconsin's. If the WFTS is to 
 contribute to the NAAMP, we need to quantify differences in results 
 from the 2 protocols, and determine if and how we should change our 
 protocol, without losing the valuable trend data collected during 
 1981-96. We have entered into a research partnership with the U.S 
 Geological Survey to conduct this evaluation. The requested position 
 is essential to organize and conduct most of the necessary field work, 
 and summarize results. The position will also help conduct amphibian 
 surveys for the oldgrowth forest study (see description for companion 
 position).
 
 POSITION DESCRIPTION: The specialist will investigate up to 30 
 predetermined roadside survey routes and determine the locations of 
 appropriate listening stations on each, based on established criteria 
 regarding suitability of adjacent wetlands for anuran breeding; and 
 make accurate maps of routes. Also make accurate maps of 30 additional 
 predetermined routes, and help organize volunteers to conduct some of 
 surveys. Most intensive field work will be during 15-30 April, 20 
 May-5 June, 1-15 July.(20%)
 
 Conduct nocturnal auditory surveys on 30-50 routes, 3 times each 
 during specified seasonal periods. (40%).
 
 Enter and summarize data, help with analysis and report-writing. (15%)
 
 Help with amphibian field research on oldgrowth forest study in 
 northern Wisconsin and UpperPeninsula of Michigan (see other position 
 description). (25%)
 
 Position could end 25 Aug if applicant desires.
 
 
 DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:Experience conducting wildlife field research, 
 preferably with amphibians. Ability to recognize breeding calls of 
 Wisconmsin's 12 anuran species. Knowledge of anuran habitat needs in 
 Wisconsin, and of Wisconsin wetland ecology and classifications. 
 Ability to read and interpret road, topographic, and wetland 
 classification maps and aerial photos. Experience with computer data 
 entry; ability to enter data into paradox or SAS databases. Must have 
 valid driver's license and be willing to conduct roadside surveys 
 statewide, alone between sunset and 1AM. Prefer experience with 
 summary, analysis, and reporting of ecological data, and with 
 amphibian field study techniques such as pitfall trapping, terrestrial 
 searches, auditory surveys, and egg mass counts. Ability to work well 
 with volunteers and other researchers. Willingness to work under 
 primitive and difficult field conditions. Need not live near 
 Monona/Madison. Housing provided for time spent working on oldgrowth 
 forest study.
 
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 POSITION 2: AMPHIBIAN /SMALL MAMMAL RESEARCH SPECIALIST
 
 JUSTIFICATION FOR HIRE: Position is required to conduct research on 
 managed and oldgrowth forest study plots, as part of interdisciplinary 
 study of effects of silviculture on northern hemlock-hardwood forest 
 ecosystems. Specifically, this position will help collect preliminary 
 data on amphibians and small mammals on study plots and nearby areas, 
 which will be used to select the most appropriate methodologies, 
 estimate sampling effort, and finalize research design for the next 2 
 years' work on this phase of the study. Position is also needed to 
 enter and summarize data and help with reporting. To help minimize 
 travel etc costs and make best use of workers' time during seasonal 
 periods of heavy work demands, the position will also help set up and 
 conduct some auditory frog surveys within the hemlock-hardwood region 
 for a related study of survey protocols (see description of companion 
 position); the present position will also receive help from the survey 
 specialist working on the protocol study. 
 
 POSITION DESCRIPTION: Prepare for and conduct field research on 
 amphibians and small mammals on and near permanent study plots in 
 oldgrowth and managed forests in northern Wisconsin and the Michigan 
 Upper Peninsula, including: time-constraint amphibian searches, egg 
 mass counts, auditory frog surveys, pitfall trapping of amphibians and 
 small mammals, live-trapping small mammals and flying squirrels, 
 browse surveys, pellet counts, and bat mist-netting (75%).
 
 Enter and summarize data, help with writing report (15%).
 
 Help set and conduct auditory surveys of frogs and toads for protocol 
 study (see description of companion position) (10%).
 
 Will work primarily out of cottage near Phelps, Wis with other 
 researchers. Housing provided.
 
 DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience conducting wildlife field research, 
 preferably with amphibians and small mammals. Ability to identify 
 forest amphibians and small mammals by sight, and identify frogs and 
 toads by sound. Knowledge of forest, small mammal, and amphibian 
 ecology. Ability and willingness to work independently with minimal 
 supervision, under primitive and difficult field conditions, sometimes 
 long hours, and to adapt work schedule according to phenological 
 patterns . Ability to read topographic maps and aerial photos and 
 orienteer with map, compass and pacing. Some experience with the 
 specific techniques described above, also with data entry and summary, 
 and writing scientific reports.
 
 
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 -------------------------------------------------------- To: Anyone 
 interested.
 From: Mike Mossman, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
 Subject: Requesting help with Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey (WFTS)
 protocol study.
 
 
 The WFTS has been used as a model for a continent-wide frog and toad 
 survey by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the North American 
 Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP--a consortium of U.S. and Canadian 
 agencies and biologists). This has presented us with a dilemma, 
 however, because the new NAAMP protocol has been modified somewhat 
 from our's: the duration of each listening period is 3 min instead of 
 5 min, and the 10-station routes are selected by a randomized 
 procedure rather than subjectively by the cooperators. If we are to 
 join in this continent-wide monitoring effort, we need to determine 
 how results from our methodology compare with those of the NAAMP 
 protocol. We are conducting a study to this effect, beginning this 
 year and funded in part by USGS, in which 80 new routes will be 
 established in Wisconsin using NAAMP protocols. We are asking if you 
 would be willing to run one of these new routes in 1997. Like the 
 regular WFTS routes, these new routes will be run 3 times: once each 
 during the periods 8-30 April, 20 May-6 June, and 1-15 July. This 
 study is very important to the future of the WFTS. Without it, we 
 will not be able to compare our results with those of neighboring 
 states and North America as a whole, nor will our excellent database 
 contribute to these important, rangewide estimates of population 
 trends. We can't predict the study's outcome--it may conclude that we 
 need to change our protocol somewhat (in a way that will hopefully not 
 negate our first 14 years' data!), or that the 2 methodologies are 
 compatible, or that perhaps the NAAMP protocol could use some revision 
 itself. We have funds to hire someone to set up and run some of these 
 routes (job description enclosed), and to pay for cooperators' travel 
 on new routes. We will also be running some ourselves. If you are 
 interested in helping (or in the 6-month paid position), or know of 
 someone who might be, please contact me. Thanks.
 
 Mike Mossman 
 Bureau of Integrated Science Services 1350 Femrite Dr. 
 Monona WI 53716 
 608-544-5501
 mossmm@dnr.state.wi.us
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Gary S. Casper
    http://www.mpm.edu/collect/garyc.html
Coordinator, Wisconsin Herpetological Atlas Project
    http://www.mpm.edu/collect/vertzo/herp/atlas/welcome.html
Chair, Great Lakes Declining Amphibians Working Group
    http://www.mpm.edu/collect/vertzo/herp/daptf.html
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please direct correspondance for Gary S. Casper to:
Vertebrate Zoology Section, Milwaukee Public Museum
800 W. Wells St., Milwaukee, WI 53233
voice (414)278-2766   fax (414)278-6100   E-mail gsc@csd.uwm.edu