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Everglades Wading Bird Field Technicians -South Florida
University of Florida
$15/hr + housing provided
Last Date to Apply
FIELD TECHNICIAN (1) needed for ongoing wading bird research and monitoring in the Florida Everglades. Technician will join team of 3 additional techs and research coordinator from February 1st through June 30th. Salary is $15/hour plus housing (located in Homestead FL) and benefits (https://hr.ufl.edu/working-at-uf/current-employees/temporary-employment-ops/). Primary duties (~65%) include assisting the Research Coordinator and/or graduate students in all aspects of wading bird field research including; ground surveys by airboat, aerial surveys by fixed-wing aircraft, daily UAV/drone flights, and monitoring (on foot) species diversity and nesting success of various wading bird species in multiple colonies throughout the Everglades. Field teams and tasks will vary almost daily. Non-field duties (35%) include equipment maintenance, small airboat repairs, daily analyses of aerial photos, and data entry/proofing. Applicants are encouraged to review the project website to recognize unique Everglades working conditions
Technicians must maintain a positive attitude, give top priority to safety considerations, be in excellent physical condition in order to contend with difficult working conditions (heat, sun, humidity, thick vegetation, deep mud, stuck airboats, alligators), work and live harmoniously in close company and shared space with coworkers, and show patience with short-notice schedule changes. A valid driver’s license and good driving record are required. Successful candidates will likely have at least 6 months prior field research or management experience. Training is provided, but some preference will be shown for those having experience with bird handling, driving 4X4 trucks, operating powerboats, towing and backing trailers, flying in small planes or helicopters, photography skills, familiarity with power tools, and/or engine repair. A large portion of this year's field season will focus on UAV/drone surveys, which generate extremely large datasets. Therefore, applicants must be detail-oriented and willing to contribute to daily data entry, management, and analyses. Experience with ArcGIS, Adobe Photoshop, Agisoft Photoscan, etc. are a plus.
The Weecology research group (www. weecology.org), which manages this field project, is committed to supporting and training a diverse scientific workforce. Current and former group members encompass a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds from the U.S. and other countries, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, military veterans, people with disabilities, and those who are the first generation in their family to go to college. We support and encourage people interested in a variety of career paths. Former weecologists work at NGOs, teaching-focused colleges, research universities, and in the tech industry. We work hard to create a supportive and inclusive lab environment and expect all members of Weecology to abide by the lab code of conduct (https://www.weecology.org/lab-wiki/code-of-conduct/).
Application materials must be received by Dec 8th. Send cover letter and resume (including the names and contact information for 3 references) in a single pdf email attachment with the filename Yourlastname_app to Lindsey Garner (Everglades@weecology.org) Feel free to contact via email with any questions.