Grasshopper Sparrow Field Technicians (2)-Florida
Florida Park Service
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park
Last Date to Apply
Field technicians (2 positions) with avian point count and/or nest searching experience are needed for the 2018 breeding season of the critically endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrow (savannarum ammodramus floridanus) at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park in south-central Florida. A successful applicant must be willing to conduct early morning surveys 5 days a week in remote areas in the Preserve. Other duties include nest searching, data entry, habitat assessment, GIS analysis, predator surveys/control, maintenance, and habitat enhancement. The possibility exists to assist in mist netting and prescribed fire operations if qualified. An opportunity to receive basic wildland fire training exists and will be discussed with interested applicants. Applicants need to have a strong work ethic and ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Kissimmee Prairie Preserve is a 54,000 acre parcel and home to over 30 listed species. The preserve is remote with the closest grocery store being 45 minutes away.
Preferred Qualifications: 1) Bachelor’s degree in wildlife, biological sciences, or related discipline with an interest in wildlife biology, restoration, or behavior; 2) current driver’s license with good driving record; 3) Experience with 4X4 vehicles (ATVs, UTVs, trucks, etc.); 4) Ability to learn to identify small grassland birds via only song/call/warble; 4) Experience with GIS; 5) nest searching and avian point count surveys; 6) GPS and navigation skills; 7) ability to use chainsaws safely; 8) motivation If interested, email cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to: Jen Benson-Hughes at Jennifer.BensonHughes@floridadep.gov or (863) 462-5360 Basic email interviews will be followed up with in person interviews. If applicant is not within range phone interviews will be conducted.