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UAV licensed Pilot/Everglades Wading Bird Field Technician – Florida
University of Florida
$16/hr + housing
Last Date to Apply
UAV LICENSED PILOT AND FIELD TECHNICIAN (1) needed for ongoing wading bird research and monitoring in the Florida Everglades. This position will be part of a field team comprised of 2-4 additional field technicians and Research Coordinator. Position begins mid-January and runs through late June 2021. Salary is $16/hour plus housing (located in Homestead FL) and benefits (https://hr.ufl.edu/working-at-uf/current-employees/temporary-employment-ops/). Primary duties (~65%) include assisting the Research Coordinator with all aspects of wading bird field research including; ground surveys by airboat, aerial surveys by fixed-wing aircraft, daily UAV/drone flights, and monitoring (on foot) species diversity and nesting success of various wading bird species in multiple colonies throughout the Everglades. Additionally, UAV pilot will be responsible for conducting daily flights as Remote Pilot in Command over wading bird colonies from airboat. UAV tech will also oversee daily UAV equipment prep, maintenance, and data management. Field teams and tasks will vary almost daily. Non-field duties (35%) include equipment maintenance, small airboat repairs, daily analyses of aerial photos, and data entry/proofing. Applicants are encouraged to review the project website to recognize unique Everglades working conditions (https://wec.ifas.ufl.edu/media/wecifasufledu/files/wading-bird/Considerations.pdf).
Successful candidates must have an FAA certified Part 107 License or ability to renew expired license, considerable experience operating small rotary UAVs, knowledge of FAA rules and regulations, and basic understanding of UAV maintenance. In the field technicians must maintain a positive attitude, give top priority to safety considerations, be in excellent physical condition in order to contend with difficult working conditions (heat, sun, humidity, thick vegetation, deep mud, stuck airboats, alligators), work and live harmoniously in close company and shared space with coworkers, and show patience with short-notice schedule changes. A valid driver’s license and good driving record are required. Successful candidates will likely have at least 6 months prior field research or management experience. Training is provided, but some preference will be shown for those having experience with bird handling, driving 4X4 trucks, piloting powerboats, towing and backing trailers, flying in small planes or helicopters, familiarity with power tools, and/or engine repair. A large portion of this year's field season will focus on UAV surveys, which generate extremely large datasets. Therefore, applicants must be detail-oriented and willing to contribute daily to data entry, management, and analyses. Experience with ArcGIS, Adobe Photoshop, Aggisoft Photoscan, etc. are a plus.
The Weecology research group (www. weecology.org), which manages this field project, is committed to supporting and training a diverse scientific workforce. Current and former group members encompass a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds from the U.S. and other countries, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, military veterans, people with disabilities, and those who are the first generation in their family to go to college. We support and encourage people interested in a variety of career paths. Former weecologists work at NGOs, teaching-focused colleges, research universities, and in the tech industry. We work hard to create a supportive and inclusive lab environment and expect all members of Weecology to abide by the lab code of conduct (https://www.weecology.org/lab-wiki/code-of-conduct/).
Application materials must be received by Nov 11th. Please send cover letter and resume (including names and contact information for 3 references) in a single email attachment with the filename Yourlastname_app to Lindsey Garner (Everglades@weecology.org) Feel free to contact via email with any questions.