Invasive Plant Field Biologist at the Florida Natural Areas Inventory

The Florida Natural Areas Inventory is Florida’s Natural Heritage Program

run as a non-profit organization administered by Florida State University.

We are dedicated to gathering, interpreting, and disseminating information

critical to the conservation of Florida’s biological diversity.  We

currently are advertising a Invasive Plant field biologist position.


*FSU Position Number: *41366

full time, OPS position for 6 months with possibility of extension, based

out of Tallahassee, FL.

Closing Date: March 15 2017


The FNAI Invasive Plant Field Biologist will help conduct ecological

inventories and assist in the assessment of invasive plant control projects

as well as vegetation monitoring in various locations throughout the state.

The Field Biologist will work closely with FNAI scientists but also may be

required to conduct fieldwork independently without direct supervision.  In

addition to collecting data on invasive plant infestations, the position

also will collect and process data on FNAI-tracked and listed plants,

animals, and exemplary natural communities.  Data collection will focus on

field surveys, but may also include literature searches and interviews of

other knowledgeable individuals.  Data collection and processing will

utilize GPS dataloggers and GIS.  The Field Biologist is expected to

efficiently prepare assessment reports and processes data that they

collected in the field or have otherwise compiled.  This position may

attends meetings and briefings with land managers and other FNAI partners,

Qualified applicants should have a good general familiarity with the

plants, animals, and ecology of Florida and must be willing to travel

frequently.  This is largely a field-oriented position but candidates will

also assist in data processing.


1.  With direction from supervisor plan and conduct invasive plant surveys

and evaluations of control treatments.  Produce written reports/summaries

of work.

2.  Conduct surveys for rare plants or request data from other sources;

document, and process information into the FNAI database.

2.  Conduct quantitative natural community sampling following standardized

protocols and process data using ArcGIS.

3.  May assist with installation of traps and other field sampling

equipment.  Check traps and release captures as needed.

4.  Prepare written reports and participate in meetings as necessary to

communicate all other products required by project contracts and submit

according to contractual time schedules.


   1. Bachelor=E2=80=99s degree in the biological sciences, or equivalent training

   and experience.

   2. Familiarity with the native and invasive plants of Florida

   3. Experience with natural community and habitat interpretation from

   aerial photographs, satellite imagery, and soil surveys is desirable.

   4. Ability to communicate well in person and in writing; ability to work

   well with FNAI staff scientists

   5. Good organizational skills; meticulous attention to detail.  Ability

   to work independently and under pressure of deadlines and to provide

   written responses in a timely manner.

   6. A commitment to conservation goals.

   7. Experience or familiarity with personal computers, databases, GPS,

   and GIS.

   8. Good physical condition and ability to conduct rigorous field work.

   9. Willingness to travel on frequent for one to two week field trips.


Dan Hipes, Director <>