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 where the Research Associate will engage in monitoring and banding of spoonbills, conduct flight surveys of roseate spoonbill colonies, provide support for research including the construction of devices used in monitoring projects such as nest cameras, collection and entering of biological data from Florida Bay, and the Everglades and maintaining and analyze database information. Working with Research Director to complete reports as required. Wading bird nesting colonies are monitored at scheduled times from as early as October to as late as June.
Applicants will be asked to assist with other projects associated with spoonbill ecology in Florida Bay. Field data will be collected from, powerboats, rowboats, canoes, and kayaks.
Knowledge of birds capturing and banding techniques.
The ability to collect data autonomously, identify, preserve, and catalog data.
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 autonomously in the field.
Experience in Florida’s estuaries, mangrove forests, and/or coastal wetlands is a plus.
Valid driver’s license required.
Must have operating experience with small boats and other vehicles.
Physical requirements includes the ability to work long hours in the field in sub-tropical wetland environments, exposed to the harsh South Florida environment (extreme 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.