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    Florida Grasshopper Sparrow Research Assistant

    • Employer: Archbold Biological Station
      Location: Avon Park, Florida
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 11/10/2019
      Open Until Filled: No

    FIELD RESEARCH ASSISTANT needed March 2, 2020 through mid-July 2020 (with possible extension into mid-August dependent on fieldwork needs) for research and monitoring of endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrows (FGSPs).  This position is with the Archbold Biological Station’s Avian Ecology program, directed by Dr. Reed Bowman, and is based at Archbold’s office at Avon Park Air Force Range (APAFR) in central Florida.  Primary duties will include conducting FGSP surveys (point count and transect) as well as data entry. Assisting with mist-netting and banding FGSPs, reading color bands, and locating and monitoring nests may also be required, though these activities may be limited because the FGSP population at APAFR is critically small. In addition, there will likely be opportunities to assist with Red-cockaded Woodpecker management, which will involve assessing cavities, performing cavity maintenance activities (which involves climbing Swedish ladders up to 30 ft. high), checking roosts, and confirming group composition.  



    ·         Must have a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Science, or a related field

    ·         Applicants must have excellent birding skills (species identification by song is essential) and experience with conducting bird surveys

    ·         Excellent behavioral observation skills and attention to detail

    ·         Ability to maintain focus in the field during early mornings in order to detect elusive birds and read their color bands

    ·         Must be able to tolerate biting insects and high heat/humidity

    ·         Willingness to work on an active military base is essential

    ·         Previous experience with grassland birds and/or sparrows is desired but not necessary, as is familiarity with handheld GPS systems and operating 4x4 vehicles

    ·         Ability to safely navigate to sites via unmarked roads, and work independently in the field is necessary


    Salary is $11.33 per hour plus free off-site housing (shared living space, separate bedrooms, no pets, no smoking). US citizenship or a US work visa is required. All applicants must have a valid driver’s license and personal vehicle to access off-site housing.


    Archbold Biological Station is a renowned research facility located in south-central Florida and has been conducting endangered species monitoring at the Avon Park Air Force Range since 1993. For more information about our program, see our lab website: http://www.archbold-station.org/html/research/avian/avian.html. Avon Park Air Force Range is a 106,000-acre military reserve that protects some of the best examples of native habitats in the region. Military training activity occurs daily, and our monitoring protocols involve working around these training missions. The successful applicant will be stationed at Avon Park Air Force Range but will also have access to the main research station in Lake Placid, about 40 miles away.

    Applicants should send a letter of interest and resume with names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references in a single document to Chelsea Wisner at cwisner@archbold-station.org. Please indicate 'FGSP Research Assistant Application' in the subject heading. Applications must be submitted by November 10, 2019. Early application is strongly encouraged.


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

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