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Saint Louis Zoo American Burying Beetle Technicians in Saint Louis, Missouri

American Burying Beetle Technicians

Position Dates: May 15, 2021 – September 30, 2021

Hours: 40 hours/week

Number of positions: Two (2)

Location: El Dorado Springs, MO and Taberville, MO

Responsibilities:The Saint Louis Zoo is hiring two (2) technicians to work in tandem with Saint Louis Zoo staff for surveys of the American Burying Beetle at sites near El Dorado Springs and Taberville, MO. The technicians will assist each other with pitfall trap installations, checking traps, assisting Zoo staff with reintroductions of this Federally protected species, and handling to record morphometric measurements in addition to safely tagging and notching of beetles. This position offers an opportunity to work with the American Burying Beetle as part of a long-term recovery effort for this endangered species. Lodging will be provided during the 5-day work week.

Qualifications: Attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Ecology, or related field experience preferred. Must be willing to accept direction and follow proper safety guidelines and protocols for handling this endangered species. Additionally, successful candidate must abide by all Saint Louis Zoo COVID-19 safety practices, including appropriate mask compliance, physical distancing, and adherence to the Saint Louis Zoo’s travel and gathering, and health screening policies. Experience with pitfall trapping arrays and checking of traps is preferred but not necessary. Technicians must be detail-oriented, self-motivated, and enthusiastic, possess a strong work ethic, and must work effectively with minimal supervision when required. Technicians must be able to walk several miles a day. Technician will be expected to endure harsh field conditions (heat, humidity, ticks, chiggers, etc.). Technicians must have a valid driver’s license and be comfortable driving 4-wheel drive trucks. One field vehicle will be provided on site for surveys. All candidates must successfully complete a drug test and criminal background check.