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  • Florida Grasshopper Sparrow Seasonal Field Technician (1-2)

    Guest Fabiola Baeza-Tarin
    • Employer: Archbold Biological Station
      Location: Kenansville Florida/DeLuca Preserve
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 12/31/2021
      Open Until Filled: No

    Job Description: This position is contingent on funding. One – two seasonal field technicians are needed for demographic research and monitoring of the critically endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrow (FGSP). Both positions start mid-March 2022 and run through July 2022 with the potential of extension through August. These positions are with Archbold Biological Station’s Avian Ecology program, directed by Dr. Reed Bowman and will be based in central Florida.


    Primary duties will include conducting FGSP surveys (point count and transect), resighting of color-banded individuals, behavioral observations, nest searching and protection, vegetation surveys, insect sampling, and data entry. This three person team will be composed of 1 research assistant and 2 field technicians who will be responsible for monitoring the FGSP population at the study area and will likely aid other field crews at other sites throughout the season as well. This position provides an exciting opportunity to join the collaborative conservation efforts to save one of the most threatened birds in North America. Press coverage of this project can be found here: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/racing-to-save-the-florida-grasshopper-sparrow/


    Preferred candidates should have:  

    ·         A Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Science, or a related field.

    ·         Excellent birding skills (species identification by song is essential) and experience with conducting point count surveys.

    ·         Extensive experience searching for and monitoring grassland bird nests.

    ·         Excellent behavioral observation skill and attention to detail.

    ·         Ability to read color bands

    ·         Ability to get through barbed-wire fences.

    ·         Ability to carry up to 50 lbs. for short periods of time.

    ·         Tolerance for biting insects, early mornings, high heat/humidity, and walking long distances.

    ·         Dedication, sensitivity, and attention to detail when working with a critically endangered bird.

    ·         Prior experience hauling trailers preferred but not required.

    ·         Ability to live happily in a rural setting.


    Pay is $12.75/hr (40hrs/week, $2040/month) with off-site housing provided (shared living space, 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. A 4x4 work vehicle will be provided.


    Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three professional references in a single document to our google sheet. Additional questions should be forwarded to Fabiola Baeza-Tarin (fbaeza AT archbold-station.org). Please indicate 'FGSP Research Technician Question' in the subject heading. Applications must be submitted by December 31, 2021.


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


    To apply please fill out this google form:


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