FIELD RESEARCH ASSISTANT needed 17 September 2018 through 25 January 2019 to assist with field work at the Avon Park Air Force Range in south‑central Florida. The position is part of Archbold Biological Station’s Avian Ecology Program under the direction of Dr. Reed Bowman.
Primary activities associated with this position focus on population monitoring and management of endangered Red-cockaded Woodpeckers (RCW) and Florida Scrub-Jays (FSJ). RCW duties comprise the majority of the work and include: population monitoring of color-banded birds, cavity tree maintenance (involves tree climbing using sectional ladders up to 30 feet high), assisting in artificial cavity installation, assisting in translocation, and data entry. The technician will maintain population and cavity tree databases, as well as a variety of equipment. FSJ duties include: population monitoring and assisting with trapping adult jays.
· Minimum of bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Science, or a related field.
· US citizenship or a US work visa is required.
· Possession of a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record, and applicants must bring their own car to access off-site housing.
· Excellent observation skills, attention to detail, legible note-taking, and the ability to maintain large databases with a high level of accuracy and integrity.
· Ability to read color bands a must, and previous experience with bird behavior is essential.
· Familiarity with GPS, ARC-GIS, and Microsoft Access is a plus.
· Applicants should be highly motivated as field days often start before sunrise and require a tolerance for biting insects, high humidity, and heat.
· Must be willing to work a non-regular schedule that may include weekend days.
· Ability to drive 4WD vehicles in poor driving conditions (loose sand, mud holes, standing water).
· Must be capable of working independently in remote areas of pine flatwoods and scrub with little direction.
· Willingness to work on an active military base is essential.
Salary is $10.50/hour plus free off-site housing (no pets, no smoking). Start and end dates are somewhat flexible.
Archbold Biological Station is a renowned research facility located in south-central Florida, and has been conducting endangered species monitoring at the Avon Park Air Force Range since 1993. For more information about our program, see our lab website: http://www.archbold-station.org/html/research/avian/avian.html. Avon Park Air Force Range is a 106,000-acre military reserve that protects some of the best examples of native habitats in the region. Military training activity occurs daily and our monitoring protocols involve working around these training missions. The successful application will be stationed at APAFR but will also have access to the main research station in Lake Placid, about an hour away.
Applicants should send a letter of interest and CV with names, telephone numbers, and e-mail address of three references (in a single document) to Emily Angell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate ‘Research Assistant Application’ in the subject heading. Applications must be submitted by 29 June 2018, and will be reviewed as received. Early application is strongly encouraged.