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The Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is based out of the University of Florida in Gainesville and oversees several ongoing wetland-related research projects. We are seeking two highly motivated field technicians to assist with the long-term study of the endangered Snail Kite. Field work for this project is conducted throughout the wetland ecosystems of central and south Florida from the Kissimmee chain of lakes in the north (near Orlando) to the Everglades in the south (near Miami). The field work involves the extensive use of airboats. Applicants must be willing to work LONG, flexible hours in a HOT, humid environment. (Some days involve working from sunrise to sunset). All of the necessary training will be supplied, including airboat operation and maintenance. Duties include trapping and handling of snail kites, behavioral observations, mark-recapture surveys, nest searching, data entry, snail trapping, entering data, and maintenance of field equipment and boats. Assistance on peripheral projects may also be required from time to time, including vegetation sampling in the Everglades and identification of plants in the lab. Salary: $1600/month + housing. Housing will be provided at the Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area south of St. Cloud, FL. Applicant should be comfortable living in a field house with only a few other coworkers.
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science, Wildlife, or a related field. Applicant must have a valid U.S. driver's license. Experience with engine repair/maintenance and boats is a major plus, but not necessary. Ability to comfortably handle wild raptors is also a plus. This position starts in mid to late January (or sooner if applicant is able) and is a 7 month position. These field technician positions can potentially be extended for several years, and may lead to an opportunity to enter a masters research program. Interested persons should send a resume with cover letter and three references to COLIN MCKEVITT (EM: firstname.lastname@example.org) by December 21st, 2017. For questions see our website www.wec.ufl.edu/coop or contact COLIN MCKEVITT via email (preferred) or by phone 352-494-8758.