The Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center is seeking an enthusiastic individual for immediate hire. Technician will assist with projects related to research and monitoring of native and invasive reptiles in southern Florida. Candidates will be expected to work 40 hours a week, including nights. This position runs through October 31st, 2022, with the possibility of promotion to a full-time position dependent upon performance and funding.
Additional descriptions of ongoing research can be found: http://crocdoc.ifas.ufl.edu/
Technician will work with scientists and managers from the University of Florida as well as state and federal agencies. Primary duties include radio tracking, live trapping, and camera trapping for Argentine Black & White Tegus (45%), as well as herpetofaunal surveys (35%), necropsy of select specimens (15%), and American Alligator and Crocodile data collection (5%). This opportunity will provide necessary training and exposure to arduous conditions of southern Florida and hands-on experience with native and invasive exotic reptiles. This position has an intensive and demanding field component. Additional duties include data entry and other tasks as assigned. Depending on availability, Technician may have occasional opportunities to participate in other research projects.
Start date: By January 1st, or as soon as candidate is identified and available.
· Possess bachelor’s degree in ecology, biology, wildlife, environmental science, or related field
· Maintain work quality and positive attitude in challenging, muddy, rocky, remote settings in hot and humid weather with biting insects, alligators, and venomous snakes
· Excellent communication skills and accurate data recording are essential
· Ability to work independently and with others in a fast-paced environment
· Possession or ability to obtain a valid Florida’s driver’s license
· Experience navigating off-trail with aid of GPS and compass
· Working knowledge of South Florida ecosystems and wildlife, experience operating vehicles with 4WD and manual transmissions, native wildlife identification, and wilderness first aid/first aid/CPR training is helpful but not required