Summer Work Study Positions! Western Painted Turtle Nest Monitoring

4 Positions Available, May 15, 2016 – July 2016, 120 hours each

Salary:  $11.50/hour

JOB DESCRIPTIONWestern Painted Turtle
Nest monitoring for Western Painted Turtles takes place nightly at Nicomen Slough (45 min from UFV, in Deroche). Monitoring occurs from mid-May to early July from approximately 5:00pm – midnight, each evening. Monitors walk easily accessible nesting areas looking for female turtles attempting to nest, attempt to identify turtles through shell notch patterns, confirm presence of nest and record data related to the nest (location, temperature, identification of female etc.). This process requires minimal physical effort.

Work-study students will work 2 – 3 regular nights a week for a total of 120 hours over approximately 8 weeks. Nicomen Slough site is rural. For safety reasons two people participate in this project together for each shift, and all individuals will be paired with a partner.

Interest in wildlife conservation and completion of first year biology courses.

Students are required to be self-motivating with attention to detail, safety and producing quality work/data. Ability to work well as a small team, communicate with supervisor, and manage/report data is essential. People in the surrounding area are mostly familiar with the project. You will be expected to maintain a courteous manner to all members of the public and explain your project to the best of your ability.

Summer work-study students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and be returning to full-time study in fall semester.

Students must provide their own transportation to the study site at Nicomen Slough.


Christine Dalton
Biology Department

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