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Banded Krait Radio Telemetry Technician (Volunteer)

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Sectors Nature Conservation (Terrestrial Ecology)
Location
Town/City Nakhon Ratchasima
Salary Additional Information Unpaid (free housing & meals)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Voluntary & Interns
Deadline 25/03/2017
Company Name Sakaerat Conservation and Snake Education Team (SCSET)
Contact Name Tyler Knierim
Telephone +66 061-548-4920
Email tylermain.php.k.knierim@gmail.com
Website Further Details / Applications
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Krait Tech Position (volunteer)

1-2 volunteer field technicians (depending on krait sample size approaching position start date) needed to perform daily and nightly radio-telemetry locations of banded kraits (Bungarus fasciatus) in rural agricultural communities within the Transitional Zone of UNESCO's Sakaerat Biosphere Reserve. The applicant must commit to a minimum of 3 months. A high-performing volunteer may stay for 5 months.

 

Position Background:

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The Venomous Snakes in Villages Project is an on-going study focused on the ecology of banded kraits (Bungarus fasciatus) living amongst human-dominated portions of the Sakaerat Biosphere Reserve, in Northeast Thailand. This project is managed by a masters student from Suranaree University of Technology who lives on site at the Sakaerat Environmental Research Station and will closely coordinate field activities with the volunteer(s). 

Field work primarily includes driving an automatic moped on country roads to reach the field site and locate Kraits using telemetry to collect data on their shelter site location and movement activities. For each snake, tracking is done in the afternoon and again during one hour long intervals, rotating throughout the night.

 A large portion of field work will also be spent performing standardized walking night surveys throughout the study site. Surveys are geared towards locating more kraits to be implanted with radio-transmitters, estimate prey abundances, and collect biometrics on other targeted species. Volunteers will be expected to radio-track and survey alone at night for portions of their regular schedule.

It is essential that the volunteer has good judgement, communication abilities, and experience working around potentially dangerous species. Experience safely handling venomous snakes using proper safety equipment is a plus. However, additional training will be provided. Applicants will need to be able to work well independently as well as part of a team, closely following instructions but able to make wise decisions.

Additional field tasks including, setting camera traps, checking drift fence trap arrays, and instructing Thai student interns on our field methods will likely arise.

Accommodation:

Volunteers will be working in close quarters with the project manager and other technicians at the research station. Housing is covered; however, it will be shared with the project manager or in cramped dorm-style housing with field technicians of other various projects on site. Three meals a day will be covered and will be prepared by station staff. Wifi will also be provided at the station.  

 

Qualifications:

* Previous experience handling venomous snake using appropriate equipment safely, and with respect for the animal highly favoured.

* Experience using radio-telemetry

* Experience driving small motorbikes is a plus

* Experience travelling abroad or working with a diverse background of people is beneficial. Global conservation requires respect and cultural exchange.

* Experience setting trail cameras to monitor animal behaviour

 

Requirements:   

1. Bachelor of Science in wildlife biology or related field

2. Ability to work independently while stringently following protocol

3. Ability to respect cultural values including (polite behaviour & clothing) around the research station and in the field

4. Willingness to work long, unusual, yet scheduled hours throughout the night

5. Field orientation skills and data logging using GPS

6. Ability to fund oneself arrival and departure to and from Thailand. All nationalities will be considered for this position if you can meet the Thai VISA requirements.

 

To Apply:

Send me via email (tyler.k.knierim@gmail.com) your cover letter and CV including three references.

Please do not apply if you cannot commit to at least three months from the start date of the position (April 20th).  

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