2022 field technician position application period is closed.

A researcher measures an endangered Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog.

Below is the text of our 2022 field crew advertisement. The application period is currently closed. If you have questions about a submitted application, please contact mountainlakesresearchgroup.jobs@gmail.com.

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We seek individuals with passion for conservation and research in challenging conditions, and extensive mountain experience. Follow the links at the bottom of this post for detailed job descriptions and application instructions.

Over the past quarter century, we have documented dramatic, disease-driven declines of mountain yellow-legged frogs across California’s Sierra Nevada. But we have also documented the beginning of their recovery in recent years. In 2022, we will hire up to six field technicians for two projects, described below. These technicians will be critical to sustaining our long-term research of frog declines and recovery in 2022, and to evaluate future recovery opportunities with partners in the National Park Service.

As part of our team, technicians conduct frog population surveys, disease surveys, and frog translocations/reintroductions. Our team studies the amphibians in lakes, ponds, and meadows across the remote, alpine Sierra Nevada landscape. We backpack 10-20+ miles to reach study sites, camp for 3-10 days, and work in all conditions, for 12-14 weeks of the summer. Although there are physical challenges, there are scenic rewards. Furthermore, we are motivated by the positive impact that our research has on frog recovery. If this sounds like the perfect opportunity for you or someone you know, please apply or share!

Inventory focus: Explore the depths of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park or Yosemite National Park. Inventory sites where Rana muscosa and R. sierrae occurred historically.

Disease resilience focus: Dig deep at intensively studied frog populations to evaluate recovery in the presence of the amphibian chytrid fungus. Work in both Parks and nearby National Forests.

These projects are based out of (and crews will live at) the amazing Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserves in Mammoth Lakes, California!