Research Associate

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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. 



Position Summary

The Research Associate will work closely with the 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 collecting fish in the mangrove habitats of Florida bay, analyses of fish, submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) surveys, and maintaining data accuracy in a database. Additionally, the research associate will also need to work with and upkeep 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 9M2 drop system, throw traps, and seines. In addition, the submerged aquatic vegetation surveys are conducted using a quadrat while snorkeling. Field data will be collected from powerboats, rowboats, canoes, and kayaks.

Essential Functions

  • Autonomously work to collect, identify, preserve, and catalog aquatic vegetation, fish, and macroinvertebrates
  • Computer experience and familiarity with spreadsheet and database programs are required.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Assist with site preparation and construction (as needed).

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field (or equivalent in field experience)required; understanding and respect of the scientific method is paramount.
  • Minimum 2 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 fish is desirable.
  • Valid driver’s license required.
  • Must have experience with small boats and operating vehicles.
  • Physical Requirements include the ability to work long hours in the field in sub-tropical wetland environments, exposed to the harsh South
  • Florida environment (excessive heat, biting insects, wading in water or mud), sometimes alone.
  • Ability and willingness to working in murky waters that serve 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.

EEO Statement

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.

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COVID Policy

Beginning September 15, 2021: Audubon requires all staff either to provide proof of being fully vaccinated or, if they cannot provide such proof for any reason, to wear a mask while working indoors, including in all Audubon facilities and offsite, and while working outdoors in situations where they cannot maintain social distancing. In addition, at this time and until CDC recommendations change, all staff in counties the CDC identifies as having “substantial” and “high” COVID transmission ratesmust wear masks indoors (unless alone in a closed office) and outdoors in situations where they cannot maintain social distancing regardless of vaccination status. 


This policy covers national and state offices, centers, and sanctuaries, as well as Audubon employees working offsite. Should you be selected for this position, you will be asked to acknowledge you have read the above policy and provide your vaccination status.


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