Audubon of Florida’s Tavernier Science Center is seeking a Field Research Technician to fill a full time position monitoring prey base fish populations in the mangrove zone of Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, and the Florida Keys. Scientific responsibilities include collection and analysis of fishes and physical data, and maintaining a data base. Fish populations are monitored using a 3M2 drop system, throw traps, and seines. Field data will be collected from, powerboats, row boats, canoes and kayaks. Other job responsibilities include maintenance of vehicles, boats, and all field equipment including nets.
In addition to the duties described above, technicians will be expected to assist with other on-going projects at this research center which include submerged aquatic vegetation surveys, as well as nest monitoring of roseate spoonbills. Applicants may be required to work long and unpredictable hours alone, in the often-harsh environment of South Florida (e.g., heat and humidity, intense sun exposure, boating in rough seas, unpredictable weather such as sudden squalls and thunderstorms, exposure to myriad biting insects including mosquitoes and flies), capable of working in close proximity to sharks, crocodiles, alligators and snakes, and tolerate project mishaps like broken boats/vehicles, schedule cancellations due to weather, etc. with good humor.
B.S. with a background in marine, estuarine, or wetlands ecology (or similar work experience).
Applicants need to have a valid driver’s license, experience with small boats, and operating vehicles with trailers.
Heavy lifting is required.
A successful candidate will exhibit a strong work ethic, work well in teams and independently in the field.
Individuals who have field experience in Florida’s estuaries, mangrove forests and/or coastal wetlands, sampling and identification of fishes are desired.
Additionally, a basic knowledge of boat maintenance and repair is preferred.
If interested in the position please send a cover letter and resume with 3 references electronically to Michelle Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing Date for this posting is April 29, 2012 and the starting date for the position will be in early June 2012.