FIELD TECHNICIANS (2 - 4) needed for ongoing wading bird research in the Florida Everglades. 1 - 2 positions extend from mid-January through late May 2019; 1 - 2 extend from early February through late June 2019. Salary is $1450/month plus housing. Primary duties (~70%) 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. http://www.wec.ufl.edu/research/wadingbird/
Technicians must maintain a positive attitude, give priority to safety considerations, be in excellent physical condition in order to contend with difficult working conditions (heat, sun, humidity, stuck boats, deep mud, gators), 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, piloting powerboats, towing and backing trailers, flying in small planes or helicopters, mechanical repair, or computer software skills (Aggisoft Photoscan, Photoshop, MATLAB, etc). A large portion of the 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. Application materials must be received by Nov 8th. 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.