Location: Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area, Kenansville, FL
Duration: 1 April-29 August 2019
Job Type: Seasonal
Application Deadline: 15 January (or until filled).
Job Description: Experienced nest searchers needed to conduct demographic monitoring research and nest protection of the critically endangered Florida grasshopper sparrow with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ($14.00/hr; April through August 2019). Technicians will assist with the collection of important breeding season data on a rapidly declining population of endemic Florida grassland birds. These positions are an exciting opportunity to protect and conserve one of the most threatened birds in the United States while contributing to a large-scale demographic research project. Further, Florida’s rare and unique dry prairie habitat offers breathtaking grassland sunrises and frequent encounters with some of Florida’s finest wildlife. Press coverage highlighting this project can be found here: http://www.npr.org/2016/10/20/498736786/last-gasp-to-save-the-florida-grasshopper-sparrow-from-extinction and here: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/racing-to-save-the-florida-grasshopper-sparrow/
The most fundamental and important responsibility of these positions is finding and monitoring grassland bird nests. Other duties include conducting point count surveys, resighting color-banded individuals, deploying nest cameras, protecting nests with predator deflection fencing, conducting behavioral observations, collecting samples for disease analysis, banding nestlings, data entry, equipment maintenance, and implementing adaptive conservation biology protocols. During the 2019 field season, captive-bred birds may be released onto the wild landscape for the first time, and demography technicians may also contribute to animal husbandry and radio telemetry efforts as needed. Pay is $14.00/hr (40hrs/week), with air-conditioned shared housing and 4x4 vehicles provided on site.
Qualifications: Preferred candidates should have extensive experience searching for and monitoring grassland bird nests. Previous experience trapping and banding passerines and resighting color-bands using a spotting scope is also desired. Point count and radio telemetry skills are a plus. Technicians must be organized, motivated, and adaptable to detailed fieldwork and data management protocols. Tolerance for high temperatures and extreme humidity is essential, as is the ability to live happily in a rural setting and in close quarters with other field researchers. Applicant must have a valid U.S. driver's license and be authorized to work in the United States. Previous experience driving four-wheel drive trucks and ATVs in wet conditions is also preferred. Dedication, sensitivity, and attention to detail when working with a critically endangered bird is a must.
To Apply: Send a brief cover letter, resume and the contact information for three professional references to Rebecca Schneider (Rebecca.Schneider AT MyFWC.com). Please state the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of the email. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.