Description of Position:
This is a 40 hour/week OPS (Other Personnel Services) position. The Predation Management Biologist will work closely with the Regional Shorebird Biologist, Shorebird Rooftop Nesting Biologist, and Regional Species Conservation Biologist to conduct shorebird predation management which addresses predator issues at multiple sites within Southwest Florida. This position is headquartered in Ft. Myers, Lee County.
Description of Duties:
• Identify sources of shorebird and seabird nest loss and use tracks and other signs to identify the predator responsible when nests are lost to predation.
• Use tracking surveys to identify and evaluate the presence and spatial use patterns of potential predators in the beach/dune habitat and surrounding natural areas.
• Conduct tracking and population assessments for common nest predators using sand transects, scent stations, bait stations, and game cameras.
• Investigate the use of novel predator aversion techniques.
• Conduct lethal removal of predators when necessary.
• Map and document all predation management activities, record GPS points for aversion technique plots and create maps of all work areas using ArcGIS or Google Earth.
• Assist with report writing, data analysis, and distributing findings.
The Predation Management Biologist will be responsible for communicating with private landowners, local land managers, partnering agencies and the public about predation management in coastal habitat. This position will attend public meetings and educational events and participate in shorebird working groups as a spokesperson for predation management.
Level of Education:
B.S. degree in the biological sciences.
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
• Experience communicating with partners and stakeholders and ability to coordinate resources between agencies and among sites. Strong customer service skills an asset.
• Experience recording data and writing reports.
• Experience with a handheld GPS unit and mapping software such as GIS or Google Earth.
• Experience or knowledge of using noose carpets, ladder traps and other techniques to capture and remove fish crows that are preying on shorebirds.
• Ability to trailer, launch, retrieve and navigate an outboard motor vessel in marine waters.
• Experience trailering, loading, securing, and driving a UTV in remote locations and extreme terrain.
• Ability to work effectively with little direct supervision, in remote locations, and under hot and humid weather conditions.
• Applicant must have a current concealed carry permit. Proficiency with firearms and the use of a variety of traps is essential.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office (specifically PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and Outlook).
• Excellent critical thinking skills for addressing complex challenges in the field.
Preference will be given to candidates that have experience with mammalian and avian predation management in the coastal communities in Florida. Experience with shorebird identification and nest searching/monitoring is preferred. Public speaking experience is also be preferred.
LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION OR REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
Valid Florida Driver’s License
Current Concealed Carry Permit
Apply online: https://jobs.myflorida.com/job/LAKELAND-OPS-F&W-BS-III-77900164-FL-33811/786545300/