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  • Black and Yellow Rail Field Technician - Big Bend, Florida

    • Employer: Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy
      Location: Big Bend Region, Florida
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 08/31/2022
      Open Until Filled: No

    Type: Temporary/Seasonal Position (1-2)

    Salary: $15 per hour

    Dates: November 1 2022 – July 31 2023

    Organization: Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy

    One to two field technicians are needed to assist in a larger project assessing the influence of prescribed fire on Black and Yellow Rails in high marshes along the Gulf Coast. One position is secured and one position is currently pending funding. Fieldwork is based in the Big Bend Region of Florida from Gulf county to Dixie county. Free field housing can be provided at Tall Timbers Research Station in Tallahassee, Florida. Recurring overnight stays will be required at some sites where lodging will be provided in cabins and Airbnbs/hotels. A field vehicle and all equipment needed to conduct fieldwork are provided. This position is mostly field oriented, but will include some office time for data entry, QA/QC, and reviewing acoustic data. Fieldwork will involve, but is not limited to:

    • From November to February, conduct rope-dragline surveys after sunset to capture and band Black and Yellow Rails
    • From March to July, conduct call- broadcast surveys for Black Rails in the early morning and late evenings via truck, foot, and canoe
    • Conduct vegetation surveys following standard operating protocols
    • Deploy, retrieve, and manage data from acoustic recording units
    • There is potential to help with marsh-obligate passerine banding and re-sighting as time allows
    • Pending permit approval, there is also potential to aid in telemetry efforts to radio track Yellow Rails in the winter and/or Black Rails in the spring

    Field work can be strenuous and requires working during both daylight and nocturnal hours in varied cold/hot temperatures and humid conditions, sometimes with biting insects. All positions will require traversing uneven marsh habit frequently consisting of dense vegetation.

    This position is expected to work 40 hours per week. Pay is $15 per hour. All federal holidays are observed. Occasional weekend work may be required depending on weather. The closest field sites are approximately an hour and a half from the field station, so the applicant must be comfortable driving long distances daily. Further field sites will require overnight stays.

    Our team is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment.  We are fully focused on equality and ensuring an environment that affords respect to all types of peoples.

    Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, wildlife management, or a related natural resource field or 2-3 years of similar fieldwork. Candidates must be able to work in harsh conditions (extreme cold and heat, mud, biting insects) for long periods and maintain a positive attitude. Must be comfortable working both solo and in pairs as well as working irregular hours, such as early mornings and late evenings. Attention to detail and organization is critical. All applicants must have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record and preferably have experience with 4WD vehicles.

    To apply: Please email a cover letter, CV, and three references to Heather Levy with the subject line ‘Rail Field Technician’ by September 15 at hlevy@talltimbers.org. Please contact Heather with any questions about the position.

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