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Small Mammal Technician: Lower Florida Keys
University of Florida
Lower Florida Keys
Last Date to Apply
Field Research Technician (3) needed for a University of Florida study of the effects of invasive black rats on the endangered Silver Rice Rat in the Lower Florida Keys. This is a ~3-month position starting in late October and ending in late January, though there is some flexibility in start/end dates. Duties primarily involve live-trapping both rice rats and black rats, humanely euthanizing black rats, collecting hair samples and food item samples, and tracking rice rats using radio telemetry.
Working conditions and daily schedules will be highly variable and will include night work. Applicants are required to be flexible, adaptable, and maintain a positive attitude. Generally, technicians will work ~40 hours/per week, but the schedule of days off may vary. Roughly 80% of the time will be spent in the field, and 20% of the time will be managing data and maintaining field equipment. Field conditions in the Lower Keys typically involve mud, hot temperatures, and abundant mosquitoes, even in winter.
The position will be based at the National Key Deer Refuge, primarily on Sugarloaf, Cudjoe, and Summerland Keys. Housing will be provided but is likely to be dormitory style with shared living spaces.
Please send a resume outlining relevant experience, contact information for 2 references, and a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Field Technician Application” as the subject. Applications will be considered as received and positions will be filled as suitable applicants are found.
- A demonstrated strong interest in ecology, conservation, wildlife, or related discipline
- A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited wildlife program OR at least 3 months experience with small mammal field work.
- The ability to work as part of a team
- Valid US driver's license
- A working knowledge of basic computer skills including typing, Microsoft office,
electronic communication, etc.
- An ability to read maps and navigate to specified locations on primitive, unmarked roads
- A tolerance of hot, buggy, wet conditions
- Willingness to walk through dense vegetation and sometimes waist-deep water
- Ability to lift 40lbs., walk 10 miles/day
- Experience with handheld GPS
- Experience with relevant computer software (ArcGIS, Garmin, R)