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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Ocala National Forest and Seminole State Forest


United States

Last Date to Apply:

30 Nov 2017
Open until filled


Two experienced seasonal field biologists needed to conduct translocation research and demographic monitoring of the threatened and endemic Florida scrub-jay with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. This is an exciting opportunity to study and conserve one of the most imperiled species in the United States while contributing to ground-breaking research on new translocation techniques. A recent press release can be found here: http://myfwc.com/new...jay-relocation/.
Seasonal biologists will assist with trapping and translocating Florida scrub-jays from Ocala National Forest during January-February and subsequently monitoring their behavior, movements, breeding activity, and survival at recipient locations, which include Seminole State Forest and Rock Springs Run State Park. Duties will include monitoring family groups, building preliminary territory maps, verifying the composition and identity of each family group, finding and monitoring nests, recording vocalizations, and conducting more detailed behavioral observations at selected focal groups. Preference given to applicants with skills with trapping and handling wild birds, color banding, collecting blood samples, finding and monitoring bird nests, and tracking small birds with VHF radio telemetry. Some travel will be required. Occasional work with volunteers and some educational outreach also will be involved. Pay ranges from $14 - 15/hr, or slightly higher depending on the applicant’s experience. Position #1 starts as soon as possible (no later than 2 January), and position #2 starts in late March/early April. Both positions run until the end of June, with opportunity for extension or promotion. If interested, please send a brief cover letter, resume or CV, and the contact information for 3 professional references who know your work to Dr. Karl E. Miller (karl.miller@myfwc.com). Applications will be reviewed as received and the positions filled as soon as possible.