Seasonal Field Technician

Job Locations
US-FL-Tavernier
Type
Seasonal, Full-Time
Job Category
Science
ID
2020-4480
City
Tavernier
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. The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion, and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.

 

Position Summary

Audubon's Everglades Science Center at Tavernier was established in the Florida Keys in 1939, by National Audubon's first Director of Research, Robert Porter Allen. Currently, Audubon scientists are studying the flow of freshwater into Florida Bay and the impacts that the diversion of water has had throughout the Everglades ecosystem. Our experiments link changes in freshwater flow to decreased plant production and subsequent loss of small fishes. These are vital parts of the ecosystem, making up the food base for many higher predators such as game fishes, crocodilians, wading birds and birds of prey.

 

The Seasonal Field Technician is a full-time position assisting with essential research studies, with their main focus being on assisting biologists in monitoring, trapping, tagging and banding Roseate Spoonbills. They will also assist with other Center projects and activities as necessary, including, but not limited to: the collection of fishes in the mangrove habitats of Florida bay; submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) surveys; database entry and maintenance. This is an excellent opportunity to gain hands on field experience in wading bird ecology.

Essential Functions

  • 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 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.
  • Conduct flight surveys of roseate spoonbill colonies; monitor and band spoonbill chicks.
  • Assist with site preparation and construction (as needed).
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or made significant progress towards completing a Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field or several years’ experience working in marine, estuarine, or wetlands ecology environments; understanding and respect of the scientific method is paramount.
  • 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 is a plus.
  • Valid driver’s license required.
  • Must have experience with small boats, and operating vehicles.
  • Knowledge of bird capture and banding techniques.

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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