Restoration Technician

Job Locations
US-FL-Naples
Type
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Science
ID
2020-4515
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 approximately 450 local chapters, 120 campus chapters, 17 state and regional offices, 34 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). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.  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

The Restoration Technician will be responsible for assisting Audubon research and land management staff in field and office activities associated with a wetland restoration project being carried out at the 13,000-acre Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary (southwestern Florida). This full-time position will report to the Research Director, with responsibilities including ground-truthing restoration sites, conducting wetland vegetation surveys, quantifying woody vegetation coverage from aerial and/or satellite imagery, and conducting wading bird surveys (on-the-ground and using drone imagery), among other ecological data collection activities. Technician will also assist land managers with removal of non-native plants and prescribed fire associated with the wetland restoration. Office/laboratory responsibilities include data entry, data management, and assistance with preparation of reports.

 

Travel within sites will involve a combination of 4WD truck, ATV, swamp buggy, and hiking. Other job responsibilities may include maintenance of field equipment and assistance with other Sanctuary activities, as needed.

Essential Functions

  • Serve as lead technician for monitoring aquatic wetland plants, fish and macroinvertebrates, and wading birds on restoration plots, including collecting, recording, and managing ecological data.
  • Assist with chemical and/or mechanical removal of non-native vegetation, including mapping and tracking removal activities.
  • Assist as a member of a prescribed fire team, including ignition, suppression, mop-up, and assistance with equipment preparation and maintenance.
  • Assist with monitoring of hydrology, herpetofauna and mammals, as needed.
  • Maintain field equipment.
  • Assist with summarizing and reporting field observations and data (formal and informal).
  • Participate in staff projects to maintain the facility and improve operations.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field required; understanding and respect of the scientific method is paramount.
  • Experience in Florida’s wetlands, sampling and identification of wetland plants is a plus.
  • Interest in learning and working with wetland plants is required. Ability to identify South Florida wetland flora and fauna is strongly desired. A willingness to quickly learn to identify wetland plants, wading and marsh birds, fish, crayfish, herpetofauna, and mammals must be demonstrated.
  • Strong sense of direction, excellent navigational and geolocation skills, and experience with MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook) and ArcGIS are required. Experience with drone operation is a plus.
  • Excellent work ethic, a team-focused attitude, and the ability to work well independently in the field and laboratory.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.
  • The successful candidate must demonstrate an ability to be flexible and adaptable to changing circumstances and work conditions, and an ability to improvise and problem solve in the field.
  • Valid driver’s license required; experience with ATVs and 4WD in sandy or muddy environments strongly preferred.
  • 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 and carrying field gear (up to 40 lbs) for extended periods.
  • Ability and willingness to working in murky waters that serves as the home for potentially dangerous wildlife such as alligators and venomous snakes.

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