We are seeking applicants for a wildlife technician to help with several on-going projects.
1) We are monitoring mammalian, avian, and anuran biodiversity at several sites across south-central Florida using cameras and acoustic recording units.
2) We are also examining how avian biodiversity responds to cattle grazing and pasture management using acoustic recording units.
3) We are monitoring invasive tegus using cameras and will be conducting a trapping effort beginning in early 2023.
The technician will assist in the maintenance of remote cameras and autonomous recording units. The technician will identify species detected in imagery and acoustic data (mammalian, avian, and anuran). The technician will assist in developing machine learning models to aid in species identification. There might also be other field components associated with this research project, for example, vegetation sampling, avian point counts, and collecting data on cattle and grazing management. Finally, if interested there will also be trapping effort for invasive tegu beginning in early 2023.
The Rangeland Wildlife Ecology Lab has a strong focus on extension. Therefore, the successful candidate might participate in extension activities and will have the opportunity to generate extension resources if interested.
Long days and work on weekends may be required during intense data collection campaigns. The technicians will be under the supervision of Dr. Hance Ellington (UF Range Cattle Research and Education Center). The main office of the Rangeland Wildlife Ecology Lab is located in Ona, FL, but field sites are located throughout south-central Florida. We are targeting a start date in early September 2022 but an earlier start date is negotiable.
Most importantly we seek applicants who have:
• A passion for wildlife ecology, with a keenness for birds, mammals, anurans, or invasive species
• An interest, commitment, and aptitude for research in the field in the challenging Florida climate
• Excellent organizational skills
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Additionally, these skills would be advantageous:
• Experience deploying and monitoring cameras, acoustic recorders, or both
• Ability to identify birds or anurans by sound
Applicants must also have a valid driver’s license. Technicians will need their own transportation for personal activities. Housing is not provided.
The Rangeland Wildlife Ecology Lab is committed to increasing the diversity of science and scientists and we strongly encourage applicants from underrepresented groups in STEM to apply.
To apply, please email (with the subject line “Wildlife technician”) a single PDF document that contains:
1) a one-page cover letter that describes your background, interest in the position, how you meet the qualifications, and any equity considerations you are comfortable sharing;
2) your CV/Resume;
3) contact information for three professional references (ordered by the individual’s ability to comment on your qualifications for this position and work ethic).
Review of applications will begin in early August and the position will remain open until filled.