The Research Associate will work closely with the State Director of Research at the Everglades Science Center. Their primary responsibilities will be a combination of fieldwork and office projects. This is a full-time position that monitors prey base fish populations in the mangrove zone of Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, and the Florida Keys. Scientific responsibilities will primarily consist of collecting fish in the mangrove habitats of Florida bay, analyses of fish, submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) surveys, and maintaining data accuracy in a database. Additionally, the research associate will also need to work with and upkeep physical data. Applicants may be asked occasionally to assist in wading bird surveys, but it should not be an expectation.
Fish populations are monitored using a 9M2 drop system, throw traps, and seines. In addition, the submerged aquatic vegetation surveys are conducted using a quadrat while snorkeling. Field data will be collected from powerboats, rowboats, canoes, and kayaks.
Autonomously work to collect, identify, preserve, and catalog aquatic vegetation, fish, and macroinvertebrates
Computer experience and familiarity with spreadsheet and database programs are required.
Maintain and analyze database information.
Prepare and maintain detailed records, log and summarize reports of all procedures and results, including graphs, scientific calculations, and statistical analysis charting.
Collaborate in a multi-disciplinary team of biologists and research associates with all research projects.
Participate in group projects to maintain the base facility and improve operations.
Responsible for the maintenance of vehicles and all assigned field gear.
Ability to maintain and repair mechanical equipment such as trucks and boats.
Assist with site preparation and construction (as needed)
Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field (or equivalent in field experience)required; understanding and respect of the scientific method is paramount.
Minimum 2 years’ experience working in marine, estuarine, or wetlands ecology environments.
Excellent work ethic, a team-focused attitude, and the ability to work well independently in the field.
Experience in Florida’s estuaries, mangrove forests, and/or coastal wetlands, sampling and identification of fish is desirable.
Valid driver’s license required.
Must have experience with small boats and operating vehicles.
Physical Requirements include the ability to work long hours in the field in sub-tropical wetland environments, exposed to the harsh South
Florida environment (excessive heat, biting insects, wading in water or mud), sometimes alone.
Ability and willingness to working in murky waters that serve as the home for potentially dangerous wildlife such as alligators and venomous snakes.
Some projects may involve travel in helicopters and small, fixed-wing aircraft.