Research Associate

Job Post Information* : Posted Date 1 month ago(4/27/2023 12:50 PM)
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Seasonal, Full-Time
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National Audubon Society
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Audubon Florida - Tavernier Science Center


The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state, regional, national, and international programs, nature centers, and chapters have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. As a sentinel species, we recognize that the fate of birds is inextricably tied to the fate of us all.


Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the United States and seven countries in 17 state and regional offices, 41 nature centers, and 23 wildlife sanctuaries. Together as one Audubon, we aspire to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss.


Audubon is committed to a culture of workplace excellence, where our talented and diverse staff are deeply engaged, with a strong sense of belonging. The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.

Position Summary

The seasonal Research Associate will work on the Everglades Science Centers fish crew and report to the State Director of Research. Their primary responsibilities will be laboratory work and recording data. The positions will last for approximately 12 weeks with an hourly rate of $15.00 per hour and an estimated 40-hour work week.


The seasonal Field Technician is a full-time position assisting essential research studies. Their main focus is identifying prey fish populations within the mangrove zones of the Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, and the Florida Keys. Data for this project was previously collected using a 9M2 drop system, throw traps, and seines throughout the mangrove coastal zone during the winter of 2022.


Responsibilities will primarily consist of identifying fish, recording data onto lab sheets, and accurately entering data into databases. Applicants may occasionally be asked to assist with other tasks associated with the various projects at Everglades Science Center.


The start Employment period will run from June to August 2023; some flexibility may be granted within those dates. Candidate must have reliable transportation.


This position is on-site at Audubon Florida Tavernier Science Center.



$15.00 / hour

Essential Functions

  • Independently work to identify, preserve, and catalog prey base fish.
  • Computer experience and familiarity with spreadsheets and database programs are desired.
  • Assist crew with the base facility and operations.
  • Enter collected data correctly and in a timely manner.
  • Operate electronic 600g scale and refractometer.
  • Accurately measure decayed fish using rulers; sizes ranging from less than 1cm and up.
  • Able to sit for long periods of time while focusing.
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Experience

  • Candidates should be interested in science with a high school education or above. Ideally, this
    position is geared toward undergraduate students as a summer seasonal position.
  • Excellent work ethic, a team-focused attitude, and the ability to work independently.
  • Knowledge of Florida’s estuaries, mangrove forests, and coastal wetlands and identification of
    fishes a plus
  • Attention to detail and thorough note-taking skills, legible penmanship.
  • Valid driver’s license required.

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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