Research interns are needed to assist in an ongoing study of reproductive modes of the Eurasian common lizard, Zootoca vivipara. The project is organised by a team of researchers based at the University of Glasgow (UK) led by Professor Kathryn Elmer at the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine.
Internships will run from mid-May and early/mid-June (start date is flexible and to be confirmed) and end early August 2022 (possibly earlier, dependent on reproductive season)
Duties will include assisting in all aspects of fieldwork at the site, including but not limited to collection of wild lizards by hand, recording and measurement, care and husbandry, assisting with experiments, and contributing to communal camping/ household tasks. Training will be provided. There may also be opportunity for leading or contributing to your own project within the team.
Fieldwork is physically demanding and will take place outdoors in a remote rural location, with fieldworkers based at a commercial campsite for the duration. Interns must be comfortable with living and working collaboratively with others in a small group and long-term camping; maintaining good relations with the team and local community is essential.
All main expenses (food, camping/accommodation fees, etc), and travel costs for arrival and departure will be covered (up to ~£400), plus. More details available upon request. Interns must provide their own tent, bedding, and outdoor clothing/personal equipment.
Qualifications: We are seeking interns with an interest in herpetology, ecology and/or evolution and who are very keen for gaining experience in the field. Good interpersonal and team working skills are essential, as interns will be living and working with the field team in close quarters
for an extended period. Additionally, applicants must be physically able and willing to work outdoors in challenging conditions (including inclement weather and traversing steep or boggy terrain). Prior experience of fieldwork and/or working with lizards and other herpetofauna is ideal, but not essential. Knowledge of/ fluency in German would also be an asset.
it is essential that interns be able and willing to drive (standard passenger car), including confidently on rural mountain roads.
We particularly seek interns who can commit to the duration of the entire field season – please clarify your availability in your application.
Applicants should send a cover letter (including aspects noted above) and CV along with the names and email addresses of two or more professional or academic references to: Kathryn.Elmer@glasgow.ac.uk