Research Associate

Job Post Information* : Posted Date 4 weeks ago(8/28/2023 9:32 AM)
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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 towards a future where birds thrive because Audubon is a powerful, diverse, and ever-growing force for conservation. Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the hemisphere and more than 1.5 million active supporters.

North America has lost three billion birds since 1970, and more than 500 bird species are at risk of extinction across Latin America and the Caribbean. Birds act as early warning systems about the health of our environment, and they tell us that birds – and our planet – are in crisis. Together as one Audubon, we are working to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss. We do this by implementing on-the-ground conservation, partnering with local communities, influencing public and corporate policy, and building community.

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 brings new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Mangrove Fish Project Manager, the Associate, Research will split their time between field and office activities associated with the current projects being carried out at Audubon Florida’s Everglades Science Center. Heavily focused on field work, the Associate’s primary responsibility will be monitoring prey base fish populations in the mangrove zone of Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Scientific responsibilities will consist of the collection and analyses of fishes in the mangrove habitats of Florida bay and maintaining data accuracy in a database. They will also spend time working with and maintaining physical, vegetation and bird data collections as well.

The Associate will be responsible for making decisions about data collection (e.g. adjusting collection methods, cancelling or proceeding with sample, collecting partial samples when unexpected conditions are encountered due to weather, water management activities, equipment malfunction or myriad other surprises) that commonly arise during field activities and base these decisions on sound scientific methodology knowing such decisions can reduce the scientific integrity of this long term (30+ years) study. Fish populations are monitored using a 9m2 drop system, throw traps, and seines.



$20.19 / hour

Essential Functions

  • Collaborate with multi-disciplinary (hydrology, vegetation, wading birds, and fish) team of biologists and senior associates to meet operational targets of the organization by developing and evaluating Everglades restoration projects.
  • Collect, identify, preserve, and catalog, fish samples from mangrove habitats and participate in data collection of Center’s other disciplines (hydrology, vegetation, and wading birds).
  • Ensure the timely entry and quality of data into the Center’s database.
  • Occasionally provide input and collaborate on reports and publications.
  • Prepare and maintain detailed records, log, and summarize reports of all procedures and results.
  • Participate in group projects to maintain the base facility and improve operations.
  • Responsible for the maintenance of vehicles and all assigned field gear; ensure all forms of transportation equipment are in good working order after use.
  • Assist with site preparation and construction.
  • Other job-related duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field preferred, an equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
  • 1-2 years’ experience working in marine, estuarine, wetlands, Everglades or Florida Keys ecological environments.
  • Understanding and respect of the scientific method is paramount.
  • Computer experience and familiarity with spreadsheet and database programs required.
  • Must be flexible, have strong organization skills and meticulous attention to detail.
  • 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 is desirable.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and other web-based applications.
  • Willingness and 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), with or without accommodation, sometimes alone. Environment also includes navigating murky waters that serve as the home for potentially dangerous wildlife such as alligators, crocodiles, sharks and venomous snakes. Some projects may involve travel in helicopters and small, wing aircraft.
  • Ability to traverse 3-8 miles a day through varying terrain, ability to climb small trees and balance on branches and roots with or without accommodation.
  • Ability to swim and lift 40+lbs with or without accommodation.
  • Valid Driver’s License required. Must have experience with small boats, and operating vehicles.
  • Ability to operate, maintain and repair mechanical equipment such as trucks and boats.

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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