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  • Full-time FGSP Research Assistant

    • Employer: Archbold Biological Station
      Location: Avon Park, FL
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Agency: Archbold Biological Station

    Location: Avon Park, FL

    Job Category: Contract

    Salary: $31,000 – 37,500 annually (commensurate with qualifications), plus benefits

    Start Date: immediately, but negotiable

    Last Day to Apply: position open until filled

    Website: www.archbold-station.org

    Title: Full-time FGSP Research Assistant


    Job description: The Avian Ecology program at Archbold Biological Station is seeking a talented biologist to join our team at the Avon Park Air Force Range (APAFR). Under the supervision of Dr. Reed Bowman and Dr. Angela Tringali, the Research Assistant is expected to monitor and manage the critically small population of Florida Grasshopper Sparrows at APAFR during the breeding season (April-August). This includes conducting point count surveys to locate territorial males, perform behavioral observations of territorial males to determine paired status, and search for nests in order to implement all parts of nest protection, including (but not limited to): nest fencing and lifting, as well as eradication of local fire ant colonies and color banding nestlings. During the non-breeding season (August-March), candidate is expected to support the lead Red-Cockaded Woodpecker Research Assistant by managing cavity maintenance activities, which includes climbing Swedish ladders as high as 40’ and operating a chain saw to replace or install artificial cavities. Candidate will also perform habitat quality assessments for focal species, and Crested Caracara surveys during the winter to assist USFWS with their monitoring efforts.

    Responsibilities: Candidate will work independently and in small teams to fulfill all parts of Archbold’s contract with the USFWS/DoD. A successful candidate will be able to perform all parts of project management including: developing and refining field data collection protocols, creating electronic data collection forms and maps via Esri’s suite of products, collecting accurate behavioral and habitat data in the field, maintain large datasets via Microsoft Access, and analyze field-collected data for reporting to USFWS. Self-motivation to ensure that all parts of the contract are being fulfilled and deliverables are submitted on time is absolutely necessary. A successful candidate will be able to supervise a team of as many as four seasonal technicians to meet contract demands. Candidate will be expected to be able to collaborate with other research and management agencies and act as an active member of the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow Working Group.


    ·         Bachelor’s degree plus two years’ experience, or master’s degree in natural resources, wildlife management, wildlife biology or equivalent

    ·         Dedication, sensitivity, and attention to detail when working with Threatened and Endangered species

    ·         Diligent, motivated, and organized

    ·         Demonstrated ability to mist net, band, and re-sight color banded passerines

    ·         Demonstrated ability to find passerine nests via behavioral observation

    ·         Demonstrated ability to conduct point count surveys by ear

    ·         Capable of writing technical reports and maintaining large datasets in Microsoft Access

    ·         Familiar with ArcMap and able to create attractive, accurate maps for reports and conservation planning

    ·         Comfortable climbing ladders as much as 40’ high and operating a chainsaw

    ·         Comfortable working on an active military installation

    ·         Flexible and able to adjust to abrupt changes in plans/scheduling due to the military mission

    ·         Must be a U.S. citizen or have authorization to work in the U.S., and be able to pass a background check

    ·         Valid U.S. driver’s license with a clean driving record

    ·         Tolerance for Florida’s high heat and humidity, and abundance of biting insects

    ·         Must be able to hike several miles over un-even terrain while carrying equipment up to 50 lbs and climb barbed wire fences

    ·         Must be experienced in operating 4WD vehicles, and use excellent judgement when navigating unmaintained roads in wet, muddy, or sandy conditions

    ·         Agreeable to occasional weekend and holiday work


    Desired Skills:

    ·         Experience working with Grasshopper Sparrows

    ·         Experience installing predator exclosures around nests

    ·         Experience working on a military property

    ·         Experienced with ArcOnline and Esri’s suite of products for offline data collection

    ·         Proficient in identifying birds of the eastern flyway, especially Florida’s breeding birds, by sight and sound

    ·         Experience searching for and monitoring grassland bird nests

    ·         Experience conducting habitat assessments or vegetation surveys

    About our organization: Archbold Biological station is a not-for-profit independent research institution dedicated to long-term ecological research. The mission of Archbold is to build and share the scientific knowledge needed to protect the life, lands, and waters of the heart of Florida and beyond. The Research Assistant will play a significant role in Archbold’s mission, conducting research and acting on the frontlines to improve conservation. Archbold is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups.

    Application Instructions: Applicants can apply by filling out the google form found here. Applicants will be asked to confirm their eligibility, and rate their experience with the required and desired skills. Applicants will also be asked to upload a coverletter addressed to Dr. Angela Tringali and Mr. Gregory Thompson, resume or CV, and contact information for three references, all as a single pdf titled with only the applicant’s surname. This file must be a pdf and cannot be larger than 10MB. Please note the form will require applicants to login with a google account. Review of applications will begin immediately.

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