SEASONAL FIELD ASSISTANT needed March 2 through July 24, 2020 for monitoring of endangered Red-cockaded Woodpeckers (RCW) at the Avon Park Air Force Range in south-central Florida. This position is associated with Archbold Biological Station’s Avian Ecology Program, headed by Dr. Reed Bowman.
Duties will involve identifying birds by reading color bands, monitoring nest attempts using peeper cameras, performing cavity maintenance activities (which involves climbing Swedish ladders up to 30 ft. high), daily data entry, and assisting with artificial cavity installation. The technician will help to maintain a large Access database, as well as a variety of equipment.
· Must have a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Science, or a related field.
· Excellent behavioral observation skills, attention to detail, legible note-taking, and the ability to maintain large databases with a high level of accuracy and integrity.
· Ability to read color bands a must, and previous experience with nest monitoring and bird behavior is essential.
· Familiarity with global positioning systems and Arc-GIS a plus.
· Applicants should be highly motivated as field days often start before sunrise and require a tolerance for biting insects, high humidity, and heat.
· Must be willing to work a non-regular schedule that will sometimes include weekends.
· Good driving skills in poor driving conditions (loose sand, mud holes, standing water).
· Willingness to work on an active military base is essential.
Pay 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 activities occur 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 Greg Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate 'Research Assistant Application' in the subject heading. Applications must be submitted by November 10, 2019. Early application is strongly encouraged.
Archbold Biological Station is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups.