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  • Research Assistant IV


    Elizabeth Abraham
    • Employer: Archbold Biological Station
      Location: DeLuca Preserve, FL
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Location: DeLuca Preserve, FL

    Duration: Full year

    Job Category: Contractual with yearly renewal based on funding and job performance

    Salary: $17.50 - $22.00 per hour DOE, plus benefits

    Start Date: Immediately, but negotiable

    Department: Conservation Science of Military Landscapes

    Supervisor: Dr. Angela Tringali

    Last Day to Apply: Open until filled

     

    DESCRIPTION: The Conservation Science of Military Landscapes program at Archbold Biological Station is seeking a talented biologist and communicator to join our team working within the Avon Park Air Force Range Sentinel Landscape (learn more). Under the supervision of Dr. Angela Tringali, the Research Assistant is expected to lead the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow Project at DeLuca Preserve and coordinate stakeholder engagement within the Sentinel Landscape. DeLuca Preserve is a 27,000-acre Conservation Easement and working cattle ranch managed by Duck’s Unlimited and the University of Florida located within the Avon Park Air Force Range Sentinel Landscape near Kenansville, FL. The ideal candidate will possess excellent understanding of grassland bird ecology, the ability to work with stakeholders from diverse backgrounds, the ability to manage and analyze a variety of data, and an interest in the conservation ecology of working rangelands. The candidate will lead population & demographic monitoring of the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow (FGSP) including nest protection, habitat assessments, and forage quality studies. They will also make habitat management recommendations, engage stakeholders in working rangeland conservation, and manage and analyze data to produce scientific reports and publications. Housing for this position is not provided, and it is recommended that housing is found close to DeLuca Preserve. When not conducting field work, other responsibilities can be done remotely from home or from the Avon Park Air Force Range Office.

    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 supervise a team of as many as three to four seasonal technicians and perform all parts of project management including:

    1.      Leading field work, maintaining and updating protocols, training seasonal staff, and ensuring protocols are followed.

    2.      Conducting point-count surveys during the FGSP breeding season (April-July)

    3.      Finding and protecting FGSP nests

    4.      Mist-netting and banding passerines, banding nestlings

    5.      Assessing habitat and cattle forage quality using an NRCS spreadsheet tool

    6.      Collecting, managing, and analyzing data in Access and ESRI suite (ArcGIS online, etc)

    7.      Synthesizing information to develop best practices for land managers and ranchers

    8.      Report writing; meeting deliverable deadlines to partners at the DoD and USFWS

    9.      Coordinating with the FGSP Working Group, partners, and agency staff; producing and distributing outreach products to increase participation in FGSP recovery; leveraging partner networks to maximize impacts of project results and products

     

    BENEFITS INCLUDE:

    ·         Competitive Salary; $17.50 - $22.00

    ·         Paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays

    ·         Health, dental, life and long-term disability insurance effective immediately

    ·         Retirement plan with matching employer contributions after one year of employment

    ·         Professional Development opportunities

     

    GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:

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

    ·         Demonstrated ability to conduct point count surveys by ear

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

    ·         Demonstrated ability to find passerine nests via behavioral observation

    ·         Demonstrated ability to analyze data and write technical reports and manuscripts

    ·         Capable of maintaining datasets in Microsoft Access

    ·         Capable of using the ESRI suite of products to create maps for reports, conservation planning, and collection of data in the field

    ·         Enthusiasm for working on an active cattle ranch and in working rangelands

    ·         Ability to build relationships with a diversity of stakeholders

    ·         Flexible and able to adjust to abrupt changes in plans

    ·         Licensed driver with clean record, able to operate 4WD vehicles off-road

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

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

    ·         Legally able to work in the US

     

    DESIRED EXPERIENCE:

    ·         Experience working with Grasshopper Sparrows

    ·         Experience installing predator exclosures around nests

    ·         Experience with habitat and/or forage assessments

    ·         Experience working on rangelands, military lands, or other working lands

    ·         Experience making habitat management recommendations

    ·         Experience in science communication or stakeholder engagement

     

    APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

    Applicants can apply by filling out the form found here. Applicants will be asked to sign into google and confirm their eligibility. Applicants will also be asked to upload a cover letter, resume or CV, and contact information for three references as a single pdf titled with the applicant’s surname. This pdf file cannot be larger than 10MB.

    Questions can be directed to Elizabeth Abraham (eabraham@archbold-station.org)

    Archbold Biological Station is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups.

     

     

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