Florida Scrub-Jay Research Assistant – central Florida

Agency
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
Location
Ocala National Forest and vicinity
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
Hourly pay negotiable, ranging from $15/hr to >$20/hr, depending on experience.
Start Date
03/29/2021
Last Date to Apply
01/31/2021
Description
RESEARCH ASSISTANT needed to assist with our ongoing Florida Scrub-Jay population monitoring and translocation program at Ocala National Forest and other nearby public lands. We are looking for a highly motivated and physically fit individual to assist with a groundbreaking translocation program for Florida's only endemic bird species. Primary duties of this position will be to assist with translocations of Florida Scrub-Jays, to find and monitor nests, to band and bleed nestlings, and to assist with color band resighting and territory mapping. Candidates should have experience with a) reading and recording color bands, b) nest searching (ideally for passerines), and c) handling, banding, and (ideally) bleeding passerines. Good driving records and excellent physical fitness required, with experience working outdoors in humid climates and walking through heavy brush and standing on uneven ground for extended periods of time. Occasional overnight travel may be needed. FLEXIBILITY IN START DATE; willing to start suitable candidate as early as mid-March 2021 or as late as mid-April 2021, with possibility to extend through the fall/winter to assist with database management, data analysis, report writing, and preparation of manuscripts. Hourly pay negotiable, ranging from $15/hr to >$20/hr, depending on experience. Preference may be given to local applicants who have housing in the area. FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute is located in Gainesville, FL, near the University of Florida campus. To apply, please send a short cover letter describing your nest searching and banding experience, your resume, and the names of three references to Dr. Karl E. Miller: karl.miller@myfwc.com as soon as possible. Please put "SCRUB JAY ASSISTANT" in the subject line of your email to ensure a response. Applicants without current emails and phone numbers for their references will not be considered.
Qualifications
Candidates should have experience with a) reading and recording color bands, b) nest searching (ideally for passerines), and c) handling, banding, and (ideally) bleeding passerines. Preference may be given to individuals with skills with GIS and managing and manipulating spatial data.
Contact Person
Karl Miller
Contact eMail
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