Herpetology Technicians

Focus Area: Wildlife
Institution Name: Wyoming Game and Fish Department
Location: Laramie
Application Opening Date: 1/2/2018
Application Deadline:
Job Start Date:
Compensation: $14.82 - $14.82 Hourly


Open Until Filled 


Work closely on a team of 2 to 4 people to survey for reptiles and amphibians in Wyoming.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  The listed functions are illustrative only and are not intended to describe every function which may be performed in the job level.


  • Experience working in the field, conducting biological surveys, and collecting field data.
  • Must be able to pay close attention to detail and be able to record accurate data in all situations.
  • Teams will use a variety of sampling techniques (visual encounter surveys, auditory surveys, hoop nets, funnel traps, dipnets, driving transects, etc.) to survey for herpetofauna throughout the state.
  • Will be required to record detailed biological data in the field.
  • May be required to survey for and handle venomous or aggressive species.
  • May be required to work on a boat while trapping turtles.
  • Will be required to camp and work in remote areas with limited or no cell phone coverage.
  • Must be willing to work flexible hours, including nights and weekends when necessary.
  • Will be required to enter data from field surveys.




Preference may be given to those with a high school degree plus 2 years experience in fish and wildlife resource management, research, or habitat development or 2 years of college course work towards a baccalaureate degree in wildlife management, herpetology, ichthyology, biology, ecology, natural resources management, or another closely related field.

**Must have a valid drivers license.


  • Ability to operate a 4WD vehicle, on or off road.
  • Must have a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and be able to work well with others in a team setting.
  • Ability to work well in close quarters with a field crew for extended periods of time.
  • Must be reliable, in good physical condition, have great communication skills, and be able to work independently and in remote locations.
  • Ability to work in inclement weather.
  • Must be able to spend long periods of time in a vehicle and in the field.
  • Experience pulling campers, trailers, etc. preferable.


None - See "Preferences"





  • May work and camp in the field (or stay in a hotel) with coworkers for up to 8 days at a time.
  • Will work a variable schedule (including long hours, weekends, and nights, as needed) that may change with little notice.
  • Extensive travel across the state is required.
  • May be required to backpack in rough, mountainous terrain and carry a heavy pack (50lbs or more) up to 10 miles in a day.
  • May be required to work, camp, and backpack in grizzly bear country.



  • FLSA: Non-exempt
  • All new hires or rehires starting in a non-exempt position on or after January 1, 2018 are required to be paid hourly.
  • 4 positions available: two 6-month positions (April 1 - Sept. 30); one 5-month position (April 1 - August 31); one 4-month position (April 1 – July 31).
  • Apply on Line at
  • COVER LETTER: Applicants need to attach a cover letter explaining career plans, suitability for the job, and dates of availability. Please also submit 3 references. Cover letter and references may be submitted with the online application and should also be emailed directly to Wendy Estes-Zumpf, Herpetological Coordinator (
  • CONTACT: For more information regarding these positions, contact Wendy Estes-Zumpf at or 307-745-5180 ext. 237.
  • Waders, rain gear, snake chaps, uniform, and other necessary field equipment will be provided. Housing in Laramie will not be provided.



040-Wyoming Game and Fish Department - Fish Division

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The State of Wyoming is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively supports the ADA and reasonably accommodates qualified applicants with disabilities. 

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Geiser, Jessica

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