The Avian Ecology lab at Florida Atlantic University, in collaboration with the Conservation and Biodiversity lab of the Harte Research Institute are hiring one experienced technician for a project investigating the annual cycle movement patterns of coastal populations of Little Blue Herons in South Florida, through the use of satellite transmitters. This position will run from September 2021-March 2022, with the possibility of extending into April. The technician will primarily assist in heron trapping and transmitter deployment, surveying foraging herons, and investigating nocturnal roost sites. Field sites are located within the Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge of the Lower Florida Keys and on the Southwest Coast of Florida, all of which will be accessed via boat. The technician will be the primary boat operator at the start of the field season, so prior boating experience is a must. The daily schedule is typically centered around the low tide, and is highly variable day-to-day, including working early mornings or late evenings. Field work for this project will continue until all transmitters are deployed. Should this happen before the anticipated end of the field season, the technician will be placed on another related project within the Avian Ecology Lab. Salary is $2700 - $2900 per month and housing will be provided while in the field. The technician must provide their own transportation to Florida Atlantic University. For more information on the project, visit: https://www.harte.org/project/movement-patterns-wading-birds-mechanism-linking-freshwater-wetlands-and-coastal-ecosystems.
Qualifications: Applicants should have a B.S. in biology, wildlife, fisheries, natural resources or related field. Previous experience operating motored boats is required for consideration. Applicants should be highly motivated, well organized, and able to work long hours in poor field conditions, including high heat and humidity, cool temperatures, biting insects, and wading through mud flats, all while maintaining a positive attitude. Experience that demonstrates accurate data collection and research skills specific to the positions above is desirable. Prior experience safely handling birds is desired, but not required. A valid driver’s license and a good driving record is required. To apply, send cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references in one document to firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline is August 2, 2021.