SOUTHEASTERN AMERICAN KESTREL FIELD ASSISTANT-Florida

Agency
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Location
Ocala National Forest, Ocala, Florida
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
$13.50 - 15/hr, depending on experience
Start Date
03/25/2018
Last Date to Apply
12/01/2018
Description
Seasonal field assistant needed for study of the threatened and non-migratory Southeastern American Kestrel in scrub and sand pine in Ocala National Forest in north central Florida. The assistant will work with staff from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and a graduate student from the University of Florida on a cooperative effort to estimate kestrel population size, productivity, and habitat preferences in relation to forest management practices. This is an exciting opportunity to study and conserve one of the most imperiled birds in Florida. Duties will include finding and monitoring kestrel nests in snags, conducting point counts, collecting vegetation data, and potentially conducting behavioral observations at selected territories. Occasional work with volunteers or interns may be involved.
Qualifications
Preference will be given to applicants with skill in conducting point counts and finding and monitoring bird nests. Tolerance for high temperatures, extreme humidity and hiking through dense vegetation is essential. Applicant must have a valid U.S. driver's license and be authorized to work in the United States. Previous experience driving four-wheel drive trucks and ATVs in wet conditions is also preferred. Position runs from 25 March - 15 June 2018. To apply: Please send a brief cover letter, resume or CV, and the contact information for 3 professional references who know your work to Meghan Beatty (meghan.beatty@ufl.edu). Applications will be reviewed as received and the position filled as soon as possible.
Contact Person
Meghan Beatty
Contact eMail
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