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Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission


Ocala National Forest, FL


United States

Last Date to Apply:

18 Dec 2017


Seasonal field assistant needed for study of the threatened and non-migratory Southeastern American Kestrel in scrub and sand pine in Ocala National Forest in north central Florida. The assistant will work with staff from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and a graduate student from the University of Florida on a cooperative effort to estimate kestrel population size, productivity, and habitat preferences in relation to forest management practices. This is an exciting opportunity to study and conserve one of the most imperiled birds in Florida. Duties will include finding and monitoring kestrel nests in snags, conducting point counts, collecting vegetation data, and potentially conducting behavioral observations at selected territories. Will also occasionally assist with bird banding studies of American Kestrels and Florida Scrub-Jays conducted simultaneously in the same study area. Preference will be given to applicants with advanced birdwatching skills, experience conducting point count surveys, and experience finding and monitoring bird nests. Occasional work with volunteers or interns may be involved. Pay ranges from $14.00 – 15.25/hr, depending on the applicant’s experience. Tolerance for high temperatures and extreme humidity is essential. Applicant must have a valid U.S. driver's license and be authorized to work in the United States. Previous experience driving four-wheel drive trucks and ATVs in wet conditions is also preferred. Position runs from 23 March to 15 June 2018, with possibility of extension to 22 June. 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 position filled as soon as possible.