• Research Associate

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  • 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 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.

    Essential Functions

    • Independently work to collect, identify, preserve, and catalogue aquatic vegetation, fish and macroinvertebrates
    • Maintain and analyze database information
    • Prepare and maintain detailed records, log and summarize reports of all procedures and results including graphs, scientific calculations, and statistical analysis charting
    • Collect and enter biologic wading bird data from Florida Bay, Tampa Bay, and the Everglades
    • Collaborate in a multi-disciplinary team of biologists and research associates with all research projects
    • Participate in group projects to maintain the base facility and improve operations
    • Responsible for the maintenance of vehicles and all assigned field gear
    • Ability to maintain and repair mechanical equipment such as trucks and boats
    • Conduct flight surveys of roseate spoonbill colonies; monitor and band spoonbill chicks
    • Assist with site preparation and construction (as needed);

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field required; understanding and respect of the scientific method is paramount
    • Minimum 3 years’ experience working in marine, estuarine, or wetlands ecology environments
    • Excellent work ethic, a team-focused attitude, and the ability to work well independently in the field
    • Experience in Florida’s estuaries, mangrove forests and/or coastal wetlands, sampling and identification of fishes
    • Valid driver’s license required
    • Must have experience with small boats, and operating vehicles
    • Knowledge of bird capture and banding techniques
    • Must have knowledge of computer networking, hardware and/or software programing and a proficiency for social media networking

    Physical Requirements:

    • Ability to work long hours in the field in sub-tropical wetland environments, exposed to the harsh South Florida environment (sun, heat, biting insects, wading in water or mud), sometimes alone.
    • Ability and willingness to working in murky waters that serves as the home for potentially dangerous wildlife such as alligators and venomous snakes.
    • Some projects may involve travel in helicopters and small, fixed-wing aircraft.


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