OPS Insect Conservation Technician

McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Florida Museum of Natural History
Gainesville, FL
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Full time Positions
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SUMMARY OF POSITION: The technician will be primarily responsible for collecting and processing field data on butterflies and other insect pollinators of conservation concern in north and north-central Florida, assisting with lab-based captive breeding/organism husbandry, habitat restoration and monitoring, and conducting literature reviews/summarizing conservation information for specific insect groups. As such, work will be split between field, lab and office time depending upon project needs, which can often result in long workdays and potential work on weekends. The technician will have the opportunity to work in some of Florida’s rare and unique habitats researching understudied taxa in often challenging conditions – extreme temperatures, humidity, sun, biting/stinging insects, dense vegetation. Individuals must be comfortable working in small groups, or often alone, in areas with sporadic cell service, navigating to field sites through difficult terrain, and walking long distances. The technician will gain valuable hands-on experience with entomological techniques for the conservation of rare and understudied taxa as well as have the opportunity for authorship on manuscripts they help develop. As a member of the Daniels lab, based at the Florida Museum, you will be part of a collaborative team with a diverse skillset, working on a series of active projects in Florida. See more about our work at: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/daniels-lab/
REQUIREMENTS: 1. Bachelor’s degree in entomology or related discipline (e.g. conservation, ecology, environmental science, biology, botany, wildlife ecology). 2. High levels of initiative and ability to work as part of a diverse conservation team of educators and researchers. 3. Ability to communicate well in person and in writing. 4. Willingness to work a flexible schedule dependent upon field and lab needs. 5. Be a hard working, self-motivated, team player. 6. Good organizational skills; meticulous attention to detail. Ability to work independently and under pressure of deadlines and to provide written responses in a timely manner. 7. A commitment to conducting professional conservation work and delivering high quality products. 8. Good physical condition and the ability to conduct rigorous field work often in remote areas for extended periods of time. 9. Occasionally, technician must have use of their own personal vehicle when lab vehicles are unavailable. If use of a privately owned vehicle is authorized, the technician will be reimbursed using a standard mileage rate. 10. Experience in using spreadsheet and word document software (i.e., Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) or Google Docs/Sheets. PREFERRED SKILLS: 1. Previous experience working with insects or insect husbandry. 2. Experience or familiarity with ArcGIS or other map-making software and database management software. DUTIES: 1. Assist with regular field surveys following established protocols to ascertain site occupation, population abundance and trends, host plant distribution and abundance, and habitat conditions, characteristics, and quality. 2. Assist with the laboratory maintenance of at-risk butterfly captive populations including organism husbandry, data collection, and associated plant care. 3. Assist with habitat augmentation/restoration efforts including site preparation, seeding/outplanting of target plant species, site maintenance, and habitat monitoring (evaluation of plant establishment and organism use). 4. Conduct detailed literature reviews/analysis for various insect pollinator projects. 5. Assist with other ongoing insect conservation projects as necessary. 6. Participate in meetings with co-workers as necessary to coordinate project activities. 7. Attend meetings and workshops relevant to performance of position. Conduct occasional public science education outreach activities. BENEFITS: A summary of OPS benefits can be found at: https://benefits.hr.ufl.edu/mybenefits/explore/eligibility/ops-adjunct/ Interested persons should send a cover letter and resume (including two references) to Kristin Rossetti, Conservation Coordinator, at khyla@ufl.edu before January 30, 2023. Persons meeting the above requirements may be contacted for an interview after that date.
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Kristin Rossetti, Conservation Coordinator
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