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  1. Florida Burrowing Owl Survey Technician (2) Location: Central Florida Duration: 3 months (Mar 13-Jun 18, 2020) Job Type: Seasonal Application Deadline: December 06, 2019 (or until filled) Job Description: Two seasonal technicians are needed to assist with a state-wide survey of rural Florida burrowing owls conducted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (Mar 13-Jun 18, 2020). Pay is $14 per hour (40 hours per week). Duties include conducting morning point count surveys along secondary roads across several beautiful rural Florida counties. Other duties include planning daily route schedule and daily data entry. Centrally located housing will be provided (no pets allowed), but some camping or overnights at alternate sites will be required when surveying non-central survey locations. A field vehicle will be provided. Qualifications: Candidates should be familiar with avian point count survey methods. Knowledge of the upland bird communities of central Florida (by sight and sound) is desired. Candidates must have a valid U.S. driver’s license, a clean driving record, and a willingness to commute to survey locations in the early morning. Familiarity navigating to survey locations using a GPS and simple electronic data entry is required. Previous experience scanning for birds using spotting scopes is preferred. Candidates must be observant, have good time management skills, and the ability to work in remote areas independently under conditions of high heat and humidity. Candidates must engage with the public in a friendly and informative manner if approached during survey work. Applicant must be authorized to work in the United States. To Apply: submit in ONE document (.doc, .docx, or .pdf) a brief cover letter, CV, and the contact information for three professional references to Juan C. Oteyza at FWCbio@gmail.com. Please state in the subject line of the email the title of the position you are applying for: “FL BUOW survey technician”. Applications will be accepted until December 06, 2019 or until the positions are filled.
  2. FLORIDA GRASSHOPPER SPARROW FIELD TECHNICIANS (3) – Nest Monitoring and Protection Duration: 20 March-27 August 2020 Job Type: Seasonal Application Deadline: 15 January (or until filled). Job Description: Three experienced seasonal field technicians needed to conduct demographic monitoring research and nest protection of the critically endangered Florida grasshopper sparrow with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ($14.50/hr; 20 March-27 August 2020). Technicians will assist with the collection of important breeding season data on a rapidly declining population of endemic Florida grassland birds. These positions are an exciting opportunity to protect and conserve one of the most threatened birds in the United States while contributing to a large-scale demographic research project. Further, Florida’s rare and unique dry prairie habitat offers breathtaking grassland sunrises and frequent encounters with some of Florida’s finest wildlife. A video highlighting the project can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-UX2_QCPzI, press coverage can be found here: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/racing-to-save-the-florida-grasshopper-sparrow/, and more recent coverage found here: https://www.npr.org/2019/09/23/763521144. Pay is $14.50/hr (40hrs/week), with air-conditioned shared housing and 4x4 vehicles provided on site. Duties include: Conducting point count surveys, resighting color-banded individuals, finding and monitoring grassland bird nests, deploying nest cameras, protecting nests with predator deflection fencing, conducting behavioral observations, collecting samples for disease analysis, banding nestlings, data entry, equipment maintenance, and implementing adaptive conservation biology protocols. During the 2020 field season, captive-bred birds will be released into the wild and demography technicians may also contribute to animal husbandry and radio telemetry efforts as needed. Qualifications: Preferred candidates should have extensive experience searching for and monitoring grassland bird nests. Previous experience trapping and banding passerines and resighting color-bands using a spotting scope is also desired. Point count and radio telemetry skills are a plus. Technicians must be organized, motivated, and adaptable to detailed fieldwork and data management protocols. Tolerance for high temperatures and extreme humidity is essential, as is the ability to live happily in a rural setting and in close quarters with other field researchers. Applicant must have a valid U.S. driver's license and be authorized to work in the United States. Previous experience driving four-wheel drive trucks and ATVs in wet conditions is also preferred. Dedication, sensitivity, and attention to detail when working with a critically endangered bird is a must. To Apply: Candidates must submit in ONE document (.doc, .docx, or .pdf) a brief cover letter, CV, and the contact information for three professional references to Juan C. Oteyza at FWCbio@gmail.com. Please state in the subject line of the email the title of the position you are applying for: “FGSP field technician”. Applications will be accepted until January 15 or until the position is filled.
  3. FLORIDA GRASSHOPPER SPARROW FIELD AND HUSBANDRY TECHNICIAN (1) – Avian Husbandry and Radio Telemetry Duration: 31 January-17 September 2020 Job Type: Seasonal Application Deadline: 1 December (or until filled). Job Description: One experienced seasonal field technician is needed to provide avian care and conduct demographic research of the critically endangered Florida grasshopper sparrow with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ($15.00/hr, plus option of state-sponsored health insurance; January 31 through September 17, 2020). The candidate will help with the transport of birds from the captive breeding facilities to the field aviaries, will monitor and care for birds during the acclimation period in field aviaries, and will help with the effort of releasing birds into the wild. In addition to animal care responsibilities, technician will conduct radio-tracking of released birds and assist field staff with collection of important demographic field data. This will be the second year of the release effort to conserve one of the most threatened birds in the United States, and field technicians will be inextricably involved with the collaborations necessary to achieve success. Florida’s rare and unique dry prairie habitat offers breathtaking grassland sunrises and frequent encounters with some of Florida’s finest wildlife. A video highlighting the project can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-UX2_QCPzI, press coverage can be found here: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/racing-to-save-the-florida-grasshopper-sparrow/, and more recent coverage found here: https://www.npr.org/2019/09/23/763521144. Pay is $15.00/hr (40hrs/week) and eligible for state group insurance (must meet eligibility requirements. Consult with People First or the servicing Human Resource Office for details), with air-conditioned shared housing and 4x4 vehicles provided on site. Duties include: Tending to birds in field aviaries prior to release (feeding, health monitoring, behavioral observation), conducting radio telemetry and point count surveys, resighting color-banded individuals, collecting samples for disease analysis, finding and monitoring grassland bird nests with nest cameras, protecting nests with predator deflection fencing, conducting behavioral observations, data entry, equipment maintenance, and implementing adaptive conservation biology protocols. Husbandry technicians will be expected to contribute fully to demographic fieldwork (e.g., intensive nest searching and nest protection) between holding and release phases. Qualifications: Candidates should have extensive experience safely handling small passerines. Husbandry training will be provided, but previous work in an animal care facility is preferred. Ideal candidates should be skilled with radio telemetry, point count surveys, resighting color-banded birds using a spotting scope, and searching for and monitoring grassland bird nests. Previous experience trapping, banding, and affixing radio-transmitters on passerines is desired. Technicians must be organized, motivated, and adaptable to detailed fieldwork and data management protocols. Tolerance for high temperatures and extreme humidity is essential, as is the ability to live happily in a rural setting and in close quarters with other field researchers. Applicant must have a valid U.S. driver's license and be authorized to work in the United States. Previous experience driving 4x4 trucks and ATVs in wet conditions is also preferred. Dedication, sensitivity, and attention to detail when working with a critically endangered bird is a must. A master’s degree and/or several years of relevant experience is a plus. To Apply: Candidates must submit in ONE document (.doc, .docx, or .pdf) a brief cover letter, CV, and the contact information for three professional references to Juan C. Oteyza at FWCbio@gmail.com. Please state in the subject line of the email the title of the position you are applying for: “FGSP field and husbandry technician”. Applications will be accepted until December 1st or until the position is filled.
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