Works under the supervision of the Natural Resources Manager to carry out focused restoration of priority habitats and research and monitoring of priority species. Duties within this position will change seasonally based on the objectives set forth in the Jekyll Island Conservation Plan.
This position will primarily focus on plant identification, prescribed fire management, restoration planting and seed collections, data-entry and management, and the potential development of outreach materials. There will be potential for engagement in ecological restoration planning and implementation.
Involvement in prescribed fire activities will be based on the individuals experience and qualifications, but may involve prep, firing operations, and monitoring.
Survey and control of priority invasive-plant and invasive-herp species on Jekyll Island, GA. The technician will be trained in the safe and effective operation of tools and chemical treatments used in the control of invasive species. The selected applicant will be responsible for tracking and documenting metrics of work performed (number of invasive plants treated, area treated, people engaged, etc.). This portion of the position is focused heavily in the Fall months (September – November). Opportunities may be available to contribute to the Jekyll Island Authority’s partnership with the Coastal Georgia Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area.
Duties related to technical, field-based support to assist in wildlife research and monitoring. This will also include aspects of wildlife management, habitat monitoring/management, and public outreach/education. Tasks include but will not be limited to radio tracking and detectability surveys of rattlesnakes, wildlife population censuses (Alligators, shorebirds & white-tailed deer), shorebird monitoring, bobcat scat surveys, amphibian monitoring, and camera-based wildlife monitoring. The selected applicant will be trained in the safe and effective wildlife management practices, including capture, handling, tracking, and population monitoring methods.
Performs other duties, including administrative assistance, as assigned by the Natural Resources Manager in coordination with the Wildlife Biologist and Director of Conservation and Sustainability.
Must be able to work a non-traditional work week and accommodate a flexible schedule to include partial weekend and holiday work and be on-call for wildlife-response situations.
This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified. Applicants who complete the online application process will receive an email receipt of submission to the email address provided. If the email confirmation is not received, the applicant may contact Human Resources at 912-635-4081 for confirmation, however, due to the volume of applicants received, we are unable to provide information on application status after receipt. Applicants who need assistance to accommodate a disability may request an accommodation by contacting Human Resources at 912-635-4081.
All qualified applicants will be considered but may not necessarily receive an interview. Incomplete applications or applications without accompanying documents when required will not be considered. Selected applicants will be contacted for the next steps in the selection process. Successful completion of background checks is required including credit when applicable to the position. Relocation expenses are not authorized, applicants should consider this when applying.
Jekyll Island Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Authority supports equal employment opportunities for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.
Bachelor or Master’s degree in directly related field (e.g. wildlife management, ecology, biology, zoology, environmental science).
Technical experience with monitoring wildlife and/or environmental conditions, data-management experience, good communication skills, positive demeanor, demonstrated ability to work and solve problems independently, and familiarity with the coastal ecology of the southeast required.
A working knowledge of ArcGIS is preferred including extensions like Survey123. Experience working with a broad array of tools and equipment (e.g. carpentry, trail-building, etc.) desired.
Knowledge of southeastern coastal plant species and the ability to use a plant key
Prescribed fire certification, or willingness to obtain, with prescribed/wildland fire operation experience preferred
Chainsaw use experience and/or safety certification (OSHA or Wildland) highly desired
Previous experience working with wildlife, including capture and handling of crocodilians and/or venomous snakes, as well as radio-telemetry.
In addition to education, any equivalent combination of training and experience will be considered.
Must have valid driver’s license.
Must have or be willing to obtain rabies vaccination.
Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including time outside of normal business hours such as early morning and/or evening and night.
Must be willing to work at least one weekend day regularly
Physical Requirements/Working Conditions:
Exert up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds constantly to move objects.
More than 50% of the typical workday will be spent walking.
Between 25 and 50% of the day will be spent lifting, reaching, standing or sitting.
Less than 25% of the day will be spent climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, pulling, and grasping.
Sensory abilities required include vision, hearing and touching with more than 50% of the day spent communicating, talking and hearing.
Must have close visual clarity to perform up close work such as working with a computer as well as visual clarity to operate motor vehicles.
Work will be performed both inside and outside. Work maybe subject to extreme cold and extreme heat and high humidity. Work includes exposure to vibrations, hazards, and infectious diseases.
Noise level is considered normal to loud, may require shouting.
This description of job responsibilities is intended to reflect the major responsibilities and duties of the job but is not intended to describe minor duties or other responsibilities as may be assigned from time to time.