Restoration Ecology/Land Management Research Assistant – Southern Florida

Archbold Biological Station
Venus, FL
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$11.00-12.00/hour dependent on experience. Onsite housing provided.
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Archbold Biological Station is seeking a seasonal research assistant to support ecological monitoring and land management on its >8,800 acres of conservation land on the southern Lake Wales Ridge in Florida. We are seeking a broadly trained ecologist with excellent field, organizational, and communication skills to contribute to our restoration and research efforts in three main areas: managing invasive exotics in upland and wetland restoration areas, monitoring hydrology of seasonal wetlands, and assisting with ongoing herpetological research. Archbold is a not-for-profit, independent institution dedicated to long-term ecological research, conservation, and environmental education. Archbold manages 20,000 acres of natural laboratories: 1) the main Station is a 5,200-acre pristine scrub preserve, 2) the Archbold Reserve is a diverse 3,600-acre landscape of grazing land and restored habitats, and 3) Archbold’s Buck Island Ranch is a 10,500-acre working cattle ranch. For more information, visit Position description: The research assistant will be an integral part of a small team maintaining and restoring sandhill, seepage slope, and wetland ecosystems on the Station and Reserve using a combination of prescribed fire, chemical and manual exotic plant control, and mapping of exotic plants. The sandhill restoration area supports a population of gopher tortoises and many endangered plants. The agriculturally modified seepage slope and wetlands underwent hydrological restoration via the USDA Wetlands Reserve Program in 2010-2017 and in some cases are still grazed by cattle. This is a full-time, 6-month position with desired start date of April 26, 2021. The successful candidate will spend approximately 50% of their time supporting the Restoration Ecology program. Specific duties will include hydrological monitoring of seasonal wetlands, mapping of exotics using ArcGis and Trimble devices, data entry and management, assisting with gopher tortoise burrow surveys, and occasionally assisting with mark-recapture or radio tracking of gopher tortoises. 50% of the research assistant’s time will be spent assisting the Land Management program with invasive exotic control efforts in both wetland and upland ecosystems. Candidates must be comfortable applying herbicides to exotic plants using handheld and backpack sprayers. Manual treatment will involve hand pulling or using tools to remove exotics. The research assistant may also have the opportunity to assist with prescribed burning (weather-dependent). The research assistant will gain experience in rough off-road driving, ATV driving, correct chemical PPE and application, using ArcMap and Trimble GPS units for map creation and surveying efforts, and standard gopher tortoise survey methods. All science staff are encouraged to contribute to Archbold’s virtual education and outreach as time permits.
Desired qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree • At least 6 months of relevant work experience • Familiarity with plants of Coastal Plain ecosystems of the southeastern U.S. • Familiarity with ArcMap and Microsoft Office • Highly organized and able to work independently • Meticulous attention to data quality • Ability to safely operate 4WD vehicles in off-road conditions • Ability to perform physically strenuous activities under hot, humid subtropical conditions • Applicants must have U.S. citizenship or current authorization to work in the U.S. To apply, email the following (preferably as one attachment in PDF format) to Mandy West at 1) 1-page cover letter describing your qualifications and availability with respect to the desired start date of April 26th 2) Current resumé or CV, including a list of relevant coursework 3) Contact information for three references Please include ‘RA position’ in the subject line of your email.
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Mandy West
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