Field Technician, Resource Management

Job Locations US-FL-Naples
Type
Seasonal, Full-Time
Job Category
Land Stewardship
ID
2018-3446
City
Naples
State/Province
FL

Overview

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

 


 

Position Summary

The Seasonal Resource Management Field Technician will gain valuable hands-on experience and professional skills in natural resource management and conservation ecology. Working at the 13,000-acre Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in southwestern Florida, the technician will assist with the implementation of an ecologically-sound land management program. This full-time six-month seasonal position will run from March 2018 through August 2018 and will not exceed 40 hours per week, with occasional weekend work, as needed.

 

Essential Functions

Under the guidance of the Senior Resource Manager, the technician will develop skills in a variety of conservation activities, and be engaged in the following activities:

  • Managing non-native, invasive and native nuisance species using a wide variety of tools such as herbicide sprayers (handheld, ATV mounted, buggy mounted), chainsaws, and hand tools;
  • Helping with planning, execution, and follow-up monitoring of prescribed fire operations in a variety of natural habitats;
  • Driving and basic maintenance of multiple off-road vehicles including but not limited to ATVs and swamp buggies; and
  • Other duties as needed.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Must excel in interpersonal communications and interpersonal skills while maintaining a team-focused attitude.
  • Possesses a desire to learn about conservation.
  • Demonstrates the ability to exercise sound judgment and adaptability to changing work conditions.
  • Possesses a valid driver’s license (experience with ATVs, 4WD vehicles and the ability to operate a manual transmission is a plus).
  • Commitment to the full duration of the seasonal position (March 2018 through August 2018).
  • Experience in resource management work preferred.
  • Basic understanding of ecology preferred.
  • Ability to work long hours in the field in sub-tropical wetland environments, exposed to harsh South Florida environment (sun, biting insects, severe summer storms), sometimes alone and carrying field gear (up to 40 lbs.) for extended periods.
  • Ability and willingness to work in murky waters and thick vegetation that serve as home for potentially dangerous wildlife such as alligators and venomous snakes.

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