SEASONAL FIELD ASSISTANTS needed for monitoring of imperiled bird species at the Avon Park Air Force Range in south-central Florida. Two assistants are needed for Florida Scrub-Jay monitoring and one assistant is needed for Florida Grasshopper Sparrow monitoring. These positions are associated with Archbold Biological Station’s Avian Ecology Program, headed by Dr. Reed Bowman.
Pay is $11.33 per hour (40 hours/week) plus free off-site shared housing (no pets, no smoking). US citizenship or a US work visa is required. All applicants must have a valid driver’s license and personal vehicle to access off-site housing.
Archbold Biological Station is a renowned research facility located in south-central Florida, and has been conducting endangered species monitoring at the Avon Park Air Force Range since 1993. For more information about our program see our lab website: http://www.archbold-station.org/html/research/avian/avian.html. Avon Park Air Force Range is a 106,000-acre military reserve that protects some of the best examples of native habitats in the region. Military training activities occur daily, and our monitoring protocols involve working around these training missions.
Archbold Biological Station is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups.
• Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Science, or a related field
• Experience working alone in the field
• Willingness to work on an active military base
• Ability to read color bands
• Diligence when following protocols and entering data
• Ability to safely and responsibly operate a vehicle in poor driving conditions (loose sand, mud holes, standing water)
• Must be willing to work a non-regular schedule that may include some weekends
• Tolerance for biting insects, high humidity, and heat
• Good and responsive communication with supervisors, coworkers, and housemates
• Willingness to comply with Archbold’s covid-19 prevention guidelines, which may include a mandatory quarantine on site for two weeks (paid) and wearing masks in indoor work spaces.
Florida Scrub-Jay Assistants
Needed Feb 15, 2021 through July 31, 2021.
Primary duties include finding and monitoring nests, conducting population census and weekly fledgling re-sightings, assisting with banding and collecting blood samples from nestlings and adults, and entering and managing data. Competitive applicants will have experience
• Finding nests using behavior, particularly the nests of open cup nesters
• Watching, recording, and interpreting bird behavior
• Reading and recording color bands
• Resighting fledglings
• Handling, banding, and bleeding birds
• Monitoring bird nests
• Entering data in Access
Florida Grasshopper Sparrow Assistant
Needed March 1, 2021 through mid-July 2021 (with possible extension into mid-August).
Primary duties include conducting FGSP surveys (point count and transect), assisting with mist-netting and banding FGSPs, reading color bands, and locating and monitoring nests may also be required, though these activities may be limited because the FGSP population at APAFR is critically small. Competitive applicants will have:
• Excellent birding skills (species identification by song is essential)
• Experience with conducting bird surveys
• Experience with grassland birds and/or sparrows
• Ability to maintain focus during early mornings to detect elusive birds, read their color bands, and glean behavioral information on reproductive status
• Ability to hike several kilometers over uneven terrain and cross barbed wire fence
Applicants can apply by filling out an online form. Applicants will be asked to confirm their eligibility, and rate their experience with the general and species-specific qualifications. Applicants will also be asked to upload a coverletter, resume or CV, and contact information for three references, all as a single pdf titled with only the applicant’s surname. This file must be a pdf and cannot be larger than 10MB. Cover letters should be addressed to Dr. Angela Tringali and Ms. Chelsea Wisner.