Predator-Prey Research Intern: South Florida Deer Study

Agency
University of Georgia
Location
Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge and Big Cypress National Preserve
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Website
http://www.ugadeerresearch.org/south-florida-deer-study/
Salary
$500 per month. Housing and work vehicle provided.
Start Date
05/22/2017
Last Date to Apply
04/24/2017
Description
The South Florida Deer Study is a multifaceted research collaboration involving the University of Georgia, the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service investigating factors influencing deer population dynamics in Big Cypress National Preserve and the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. The specific objectives are to understand the effects of hunting, hydrology, and predation on South Florida deer population dynamics and to develop a monitoring program based on camera trapping. One internship is available to assist with trail camera data collection, deer mortality investigations, administrative work, and equipment/facility maintenance. The candidate must be comfortable working both independently and as a member of a team in remote wilderness areas inhabited by venomous snakes, biting insects, poison ivy, alligators, black bears, and Florida panthers under adverse conditions including extreme heat and humidity and thunderstorms. Much of the field work will be conducted in seasonally flooded wetlands and swamps, frequently necessitating wading through water. The candidate should expect to hike 3 miles multiple days a week carrying equipment to maintain remote trail cameras. The candidate must be equally comfortable working in a relaxed office setting completing administrative tasks and assisting in management of a large photo database. Night and weekend work will occasionally be required. Intern must commit to 3 months, but the internship has potential to be extended. Housing provided (private bedroom, shared bathroom in 4 bed/2 bath house).
Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in wildlife biology, ecology, or related discipline. Applicants must have a valid driver's license and prior experience driving 4x4 vehicles. Strong preference will be given to candidates with notable experience in backcountry hiking and off-road vehicle driving. Experience with hauling trailers is a plus.

To apply, please send resume, transcripts and contact information for 2 references to Kristin Engebretsen and Gisele Aubin at southfloridadeerstudy@gmail.com. Position will be filled when suitable applicant is found.
Contact Person
Kristin Engebretsen
Contact eMail
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