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Black Bear Research Technician: Florida
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Tate’s Hell State Forest/Apalachicola National Forest
Last Date to Apply
One research technician position is available starting mid-late June and running through the fall. The technician will assist with black bear trapping in the Eastern panhandle of Florida (summer) and radio-tracking bear cubs (summer and fall). The technician will be assisting with research projects investigating the demography, behavioral ecology, and movement ecology of the Apalachicola sub-population of black bears in Florida. We will capture bears using foot-hold snares, Cambrian cage traps, and culvert traps. Technicians will assist with various aspects of field work, including but not limited to, pre-baiting, site preparation, camera trapping, setting of snares and traps, radio telemetry, data entry and management in Excel, and any miscellaneous tasks assigned. Applicants MUST be available for work during the entire field season.
We are seeking hard-working, enthusiastic individuals with a wildlife research background and a commitment to carnivore ecology. Successful applicants will have previous experience following strict research protocols, trapping wildlife, and monitoring animals via radio telemetry (multiple seasons). Applicants will be required to work long days (10+ hours) and irregular hours on days, nights, and weekends. Work will take place 7 days a week (40+ hours), but technicians will have scheduled days off. This job will be strenuous, requiring technicians be in excellent physical condition to hike through vegetation in harsh weather conditions (extreme temperatures and humidity, rain, and lighting) with biting insects. Venomous snakes and alligators may be encountered during the field season.
Applicants must be personable, detail-oriented, dependable and able to perform their duties independently when necessary. Experience driving 4WD trucks while trailering heavy equipment and operating all-terrain vehicles on unmanaged roads is preferred. Experience operating a handheld GPS unit for the purpose of field navigation is required. Must be able to read and follow maps.
The study area is very remote, so communication between team members will be constant. As such, it is expected for applicants to have excellent interpersonal communication skills and be reliable when it comes to oral and written communications. Applicants must be capable of interacting in a professional manner with a diverse group of people, including, private landowners, state and federal agency personnel, timber company employees, members of other organizations, general public, and hunters.
Communal field housing will be provided in the form of trailers and bunk houses, but food expenses will not be covered. Interested applicants MUST be comfortable living in close quarters with the opposite sex. Applicants must be able to be respectful, while living and working in close quarters with fellow FWC personnel and members of outside organizations who may have differing opinions and personalities. Applicants must be capable of living and working in a rural area.
Technicians will be driving agency vehicles during work hours but need own transportation for personal time. A valid U.S. driver’s license, clean driving record, authorization to work in the U.S., and ability to pass a background check are a must. Applicants will be responsible for all expenses incurred when moving to Florida.
Above all else, these positions require patience, endurance, good sense of humor, a willingness to learn, and a strong team-player mentality.
1. Applicants must have or be working towards a B.S. degree in wildlife ecology/management, zoology, ecology, natural resources, or related field.
2. Multiple seasons of field experience preferred.
3. Preference will be given to applicants with experience and knowledge in trapping, chemical immobilization, radio telemetry, and data entry/management.
4. Applicants should be in excellent physical condition and be capable of hiking through dense vegetation and working in harsh weather conditions.
5. A valid U.S. driver’s license, clean driving record, authorization to work in the U.S., and ability to pass a background check.
6. Applicants must be able to be respectful, while living and working in close quarters with fellow FWC personnel and members of outside organizations who may have differing opinions and personalities.
7. Successful candidates should be detail-oriented, and have the ability to work long, irregular hours (days, nights, and weekends).
8. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
How to Apply:
The position will be filled as soon as suitable applicants are identified. Email ONE PDF DOCUMENT containing a cover letter, resume/CV, and 3-4 references (phone numbers and email address) who can attest to your abilities, especially any previous carnivore or large mammal trapping and radio telemetry experience.
The subject heading of your email should read Black Bear Research Technician Application. Include last name as beginning of all files (ex: Smith, John – Black Bear Research Technician). Failure to follow these instructions when applying will result in your application being disqualified. For questions, please email don.hardeman@MyFWC.com