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The Panhandle Florida Field Technician is the coastal bird biologist responsible for nonbreeding migratory bird surveys and beach-nesting bird monitoring and protection work at sites in Florida's Franklin and Gulf counties including locations such as: Little St. George Island, Flag Islands, Old St. George Island Causeway, Cape San Blas, Dog Island, Lanark Reef, or other sites as assigned. At these sites, the field technician is responsible for:
From mid-July through April, this position performs winter coastal bird surveys and resights color-banded birds, especially snowy plovers, piping plovers and red knots, assists with volunteer recruitment and management, training and appreciation, assists with the creation of educational signage about coastal birds, and helps conduct outreach to key user groups impacting coastal birds in the Florida Panhandle.
This position is funded as full-time permanent through December 2020 with extension possible contingent on a secure funding source. The Field Technician will be based out of their home in coastal Franklin or Gulf counties. This is an exciting position for a professional biologist with shorebirds/seabird survey skills, as well as experience with solo operation of small vessels in nearshore and offshore marine waters and use of ATV/UTVs.
With direction from the Eastern Panhandle Stewardship Program Coordinator, the technician will ensure all sites are:
Additional functions include the following:
This position is required to work independently or with another full-time staff or volunteers and may be responsible for solo operation of boats to access large, remote offshore sites for survey work and posting.