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The Research Associate will report to State Director of Research at the Everglades Science Center. Their primary responsibilities will be a combination of fieldwork and office projects. This is a full-time position that monitors prey base fish populations in the mangrove zone of Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, and the Florida Keys. Scientific responsibilities will primarily consist of the collection of fishes in the mangrove habitats of Florida bay but analyses of fishes, submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) surveys, and maintaining data accuracy in a database. Additionally, the research associate will also need to work with and maintain physical data. Applicants may be asked occasionally to assist in wading bird surveys but it should not be an expectation.
Fish populations are monitored using a 3M2 drop system, throw traps, and seines. In addition, the submerged aquatic vegetation surveys is conducted using a quadrat while snorkeling. Field data will be collected from, powerboats, rowboats, canoes and kayaks.