FLORIDA GRASSHOPPER SPAROW FIELD TECHNICIAN – Leader position (1)
Location: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, Okeechobee County, Florida Duration: March 11-August 30, 2019 Job Type: Seasonal Wage: $16/hour, 40 hours/week. Simple housing is provided. Application Deadline: January 15, 2019 (or until filled)
Job Description: One seasonal field technician is needed to take the leader position at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park for the 2019 breeding season of the critically endangered Florida grasshopper sparrow (FGSP). The applicant needs previous experience with an endangered bird species, conducting avian point counts, nest searching, color bands, game cameras, and database management (Excel and GIS). Applicants must conduct early morning surveys 5 days a week in remote areas in the Preserve. Other duties include coordinating the duties of the other 2 field technicians, working closely with the Preserve staff, communicating with the other management areas with FGSP, nest protection (fences), behavior observation, data entry, habitat assessment, GIS analysis, maintenance, and habitat enhancement. The possibility exists to assist in mist netting and prescribed fire operations if qualified. There is an opportunity to receive basic wildland fire training the week before the start date. Applicants need to have a strong work ethic and ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve is ~54,000 acres and the largest contiguous grassland east of the Mississippi River. It is 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); 4) ability to identify all birds via only song/call/warble; 5) experience with GIS; 6) nest searching and avian point count surveys; 7) GPS and navigation skills; 8) ability to tolerate high temperatures, humidity, wet feet; 9) ability to use chainsaws safely; 10) dedication, sensitivity, and attention to detail
To apply: email your cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to: Jen Benson-Hughes at Jennifer.BensonHughes@floridadep.gov Make sure to indicate in the subject line which position you are applying for.
Basic email interviews will be followed up with in person interviews. If applicant is not within range phone interviews will be conducted.