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    Field Technician: Florida Everglades Wading Bird Research

    • Employer: University of Florida
      Location: Homestead, Florida
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 11/06/2019
      Open Until Filled: No

    Description: FIELD TECHNICIANS (2 - 4) needed for ongoing wading bird research in the Florida Everglades. 1 - 2 positions extend from mid-January through late May 2020; 1 - 2 extend from early February through late June 2020. Salary is $12/hour plus housing (located in Homestead FL). Primary duties (~65%) include assisting the Research Coordinator and graduate students in all aspects of wading bird field research including; ground surveys by airboat, aerial surveys by fixed-wing aircraft, daily UAV/drone flights, and monitoring (on foot) species diversity and nesting success of various wading bird species in multiple colonies throughout the Everglades. Field teams and tasks will vary almost daily. Non-field duties include equipment maintenance, boat repair, daily analyses of aerial photos, and data entry. Applicants are encouraged to review the project website to recognize Everglades working conditions.

    Qualifications: Technicians must maintain a positive attitude, give top priority to safety considerations, be in excellent physical condition in order to contend with difficult working conditions (heat, sun, humidity, thick vegetation, deep mud, stuck boats, alligators), work and live harmoniously in close company and shared space with coworkers, and show patience with short-notice schedule changes. A valid driver’s license and good driving record are required. Successful candidates will likely have at least 6 months prior field research or management experience. Training is provided, but some preference will be shown for those having experience with bird handling, driving 4X4 trucks, piloting powerboats, towing and backing trailers, flying in small planes or helicopters, familiarity with power tools, and/or engine repair. A large portion of this year's field season will focus on UAV/drone surveys, which generate extremely large datasets. Therefore applicants must be detail-oriented and willing to contribute to data entry, management, and analyses on a daily basis. Experience with ArcGIS, Adobe Photoshop, Aggisoft Photoscan, etc. are a plus. Application materials must be received by Nov 6th. Specify if you prefer to start in Jan or Feb and length of availability. Send cover letter (including the names, email addresses and phone numbers of 3 references) and resume in a single e-mail attachment with the filename Yourlastname_app or by mail to: Lindsey Garner, (Lagarner@ufl.edu) University of Florida, Dept. of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, PO Box 110430, Gainesville, FL 32611-0430.

    Contact Person: Lindsey Garner (phone: 252-326-0594, email: lagarner@ufl.edu)

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