Background: The Wyoming toad (Anaxyrus baxteri) is a critically endangered 
species endemic to the Laramie Basin. The species was abundant in the 1950’s 
and 1960’s but began declining in the 1970’s until the last known 
individuals were brought into captivity in the 1990’s to establish a captive 
breeding program. Individuals from the captive breeding program have been 
reintroduced into the wild, but self-sustaining breeding populations have 
not been reestablished. Research and monitoring is being conducted to assess 
progress the status of wild populations, including the effects of vegetation 

Location: This position is based out of Laramie, Wyoming. Field work will 
occur at Mortenson Lake National Wildlife Refuge (approximately 15 miles 
southwest of Laramie) and several Safe Harbor reintroductions sites within 
the Laramie Basin.

Description: 2-3 technicians to assist with regular field duties including:
 Building and installing soft release enclosures for tadpoles and adults
 Daily feeding and measuring of tadpoles
 Release and subsequent monitoring of adult toads
 Regular surveys for non-captive Wyoming toads
 Swabbing of toads for Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd)
 Radio-tracking adult Wyoming toads (tentative)
 Data entry
 Other activities as needed

Qualifications: Qualified applicants will have the willingness and ability 
to work long hours (including weekends and holidays) and be flexible with 
their schedule, as work hours will be determined by animal needs. Applicants 
must also be able to tolerate harsh field conditions (heat/cold, wind, rain, 
biting insects, mud, etc.), pay extreme attention to detail, and meet high 
standards of animal care. Interest in the research, a strong work ethic, and 
the ability to conduct meticulous data collection for the recovery of an 
endangered species are most important. Priority will be given to individuals 
currently enrolled in or recently graduated from an ecology, wildlife 
biology, or related program with past field experience. Qualified applicants 
need a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.

Compensation: Technicians will be paid $400-$440 per week (depending on 
experience) and provided with a shared field vehicle. Technicians will gain 
valuable field experience while contributing to the recovery of a critically 
endangered amphibian.

Duration: The position will start mid-May and continue through mid-August 
(start and end dates may be flexible for highly qualified applicants and 
field season may be adjusted due to weather conditions).
To Apply: Submit a letter of interest with dates of availability, résumé or 
CV, and contact information (name, email, phone number) for three references 
in a single PDF to Dr. Melanie Murphy ( Application 
deadline is March 5th, 2018 but review of applicants will begin immediately 
and will continue until the positions are filled. Questions about the 
positions can be directed to Dr. Melanie Murphy ( or 
Dr. Doug Keinath (

Additional Information: This research is being conducted through a 
collaboration between the Murphy Lab at the University of Wyoming (for more 
information see and the U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service.

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