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The Wetlands Institute, located in Stone Harbor, NJ, is seeking qualified applicants for a seasonal position to assist with research and conservation projects. Primary responsibilities include using radio telemetry to track movements and habitat use of juvenile and adult diamondback terrapins, trapping terrapins in local marshes and monitoring nesting sites, participating in outreach activities, and maintenance of equipment, as well as assisting with other surveys and tasks as assigned. The research assistant will be responsible for recording detailed observations and data in the field, data entry and management. Training will be provided.

This is a temporary, hourly position (approx. 30-40 hrs/week) that will include regular early morning, weekend, and holiday hours. The position will require walking long distances in marshes, carrying equipment (<30 lbs), boat travel, and tolerating exposure to variable and sometimes adverse weather and environmental conditions (mud, wind, rain, heat, biting insects).  Applicants should have previous experience following protocols and collecting detailed data; previous experience using telemetry is preferred. Experience with data entry and mapping (ArcGIS) is required. Applicants should be able to work effectively alone or in small groups.  

The position is approximately six months, ideally April– September. Candidates should be available for the duration of the position. Salary is dependent on experience. Housing is not provided. A valid driver’s license and personal transportation is required. Reimbursement for most project-related travel will be provided. Successful candidates will be required to undergo a limited criminal background screening.

Please send 1) cover letter detailing interest, qualifications, and availability 2) CV, and 3) names and contact information for 3 professional references to Brian Williamson, Please include “Research Assistant” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as received and should be submitted no later than March 6, 2020. The position may be filled prior to the closing date by a qualified candidate.


The Wetlands Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer: We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions are based on job-related factors.