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From February to August, the Panhandle Florida Field Technician is the coastal bird biologist primarily responsible for beach-nesting bird monitoring and protection work at sites in Florida's Franklin and Gulf counties including: Little St. George Island, Dog Island, Lanark Reef, Phipps Preserve and other sites as assigned. At these sites, the field technician is responsible for:
From September through February, 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 for four years (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 County. This is an exciting position for a professional biologist with shorebirds/seabird survey skills, as well as experience kayaking and boating in nearshore marine waters and use of ATV/UTVs.
With direction from the Eastern Panhandle Monitoring and 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 and may be responsible for solo operation of boats to access large, remote offshore sites for survey work and posting.