The South Florida Deer Study is a multifaceted research collaboration involving the University of Georgia, Virginia Tech, the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service investigating factors influencing deer population dynamics in Big Cypress National Preserve and the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. The specific objectives are to understand the effects of hunting, hydrology, and predation on South Florida deer population dynamics and to develop a monitoring program based on camera trapping. One internship is available to assist with VHF monitoring, deer mortality investigations, administrative work, and equipment/facility maintenance. The candidate must be comfortable working both independently and as a member of a team in remote wilderness areas inhabited by venomous snakes, biting insects, poison ivy, alligators, black bears, and Florida panthers under adverse conditions, including extreme heat and humidity and thunderstorms. Much of the field work will be conducted in seasonally flooded wetlands and swamps, frequently necessitating wading through water. The candidate should be able to hike 5 miles while carrying equipment to monitor collared animals and investigate mortalities. The candidate must be equally comfortable working in a relaxed office setting completing administrative tasks and assisting in the management of a large photo database. Night and weekend work will occasionally be required. Housing is provided (bedroom, shared bathroom in 4 bed/2 bath house).
Bachelor's degree in wildlife biology, ecology, or related discipline. Applicants must have a valid driver's license and prior experience driving 4x4 vehicles and hauling trailers. Strong preference will be given to candidates with notable experience in backcountry hiking, off-road vehicle driving, navigating using compass and GPS, and VHF monitoring. Experience with mortality investigations and the photo cataloging program Media Pro is a plus.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, transcripts and contact information for 3 references to Hunter Ellsworth at firstname.lastname@example.org.