The Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is based out of the University of Florida in Gainesville and oversees several ongoing wetland-related research projects. We are seeking one highly motivated six-month technician to assist with a long-term study of the endangered Snail Kite. We are monitoring the Snail Kite population via mark-recapture methods as well as making behavioral observations and collecting data related to foraging ecology. Field work for this project is conducted throughout the wetland ecosystems of central and south Florida from the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes (near Orlando) to the Everglades (near Miami). The field work involves the extensive use and operation of airboats. Applicants must be willing to work LONG, flexible hours while maintaining a positive attitude in a HOT, humid environment; some days involve working from sunrise to sunset. All of the necessary training will be provided, including airboat operation and maintenance. Duties include mark-recapture surveys, behavioral observations, nest searching, handling and banding Snail Kite nestlings, data entry and maintenance of field equipment and boats. Applicants must be able to get in and out of boats in deep water, walk up to .3 miles through water, and lift 50lbs.
If the applicant is a good fit for the position, they will have the opportunity to stay on the project for an extension of three field seasons (2020-2022). The selected applicant will start out as a technician (2020), then spend one season as assistant crew lead (2021), and finally as crew lead (2022). Salary is as follows: technician: $11/hour, assistant crew lead: $13/hour, crew lead: $16/hour. Free housing is provided at the Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area south of St. Cloud, FL. Applicants should be comfortable living in a field house with a few other coworkers. A six-month commitment from approximately late-January to mid-July 2020 is required and applicants with a strong commitment to 3 full field seasons are preferable. Previous technicians/crew leads have also later enrolled into a related Master’s program with the University of Florida.
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science, Wildlife, or a related field. Applicant must have a valid U.S. driver's license. Ability to comfortably band and handle wild raptors is preferred, but not necessary. Basic mechanical repair skills and troubleshooting knowledge strongly preferred. This position starts the last week of January 2020 and continues until July of 2020 with possible extension up to August 2022. Interested persons should send a resume with a cover letter and contact information for three references to Matt Dickey (EM: firstname.lastname@example.org). For questions see our website www.wec.ufl.edu/coop, or contact Matt Dickey via email.