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Position: Rattlesnake field intern
Type: unpaid position, but accommodation WILL be provided (see below)
School: Thompson Rivers University
Location: North Okanagan BC (based out of Vernon BC)

Seeking Field Interns for rattlesnake work in the North Okanagan.

Seeking 2 interns for help with field work based out of Vernon, BC. This position will be full time for approximately 3-4 weeks. The dates are unfortunately not exact as it depends on environmental conditions but approx. Sept 15 - Oct. 15 though likely shorter on the tail end.

Job Description:

Interns will be assisting researchers from TRU experienced in rattlesnake handling in capturing and processing Northern Pacific rattlesnakes at dens as they enter hibernacula for the winter. Interns will be trained in safe handling procedure and will be expected to handle live snakes. Field time will vary but expect 8+ hours with few to no days off as it is a bit of a marathon to collect this very important data. Applicants must be able to hike 10+ Km's daily on rugged and steep terrain carrying an average of 15lbs.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Previous experience with venomous or dangerous wildlife not required but a significant asset
  • Proven experience hiking 10km+ on steep rugged terrain a significant assset (NOTE: if you do not possess the fitness to hike steep hills everyday it will be obvious early on and it is imperative to the position and you will hinder the research and may result in needing to find a replacement)
  • Experience with daily activity logs, data collection, and database maintenance considered strong assets
  • Must have good, sturdy hiking boots and all own gear ie backpacks, long pants, water bottles etc. (we will supply necessary research gear)

NOTE: This is an unpaid position. Accommodation WILL be provided. It is not lavish and there are several expectations that applicants must abide by at the accommodation. Applicants will be responsible for food costs and their own transport to/from Vernon before and after the project. daily transportation for work covered.

Successful applicants will be required to sign a liability waiver and confidentiality agreement.

Please send applications with a Letter of Intent and Resume to:

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GoodWork ID: 47314       Date posted to Aug 10 2018