The Restoration Ecology & Herpetology Program at Archbold Biological Station is seeking a research assistant to support ecological research and monitoring, habitat restoration, and land management on its >8,800 acres of conservation land on the southern Lake Wales Ridge, Florida. We are seeking a broadly trained ecologist with excellent field, organizational, and communication skills to contribute to our research and restoration efforts in three main areas: community ecology of seasonal wetlands, restoration of agriculturally modified wetlands (in USDA Wetlands Reserve Program easements), and behavior and demography of Gopher Tortoises.
This is a full-time, term position for 16 months starting between January 8-15, 2018, with the possibility of extension dependent on funding. The Restoration Ecology/Herpetology RA will play a central role in coordinating fieldwork and managing data for a variety of ongoing projects. The RA will also devote about 10% of his/her time to land management activities, including exotics control and assisting with prescribed fires on both the Station (http://www.archbold-station.org/html/land/lmovr.html) and adjacent Archbold Reserve (http://www.archbold-reserve.org/).
Specific field-related duties will include: sampling amphibians, fish, and aquatic invertebrates; monitoring wetland and groundwater depths and water chemistry; collecting data on severity of feral hog rooting; measuring vegetation responses to hydrological restoration within WRP easements; mapping and treating exotic plants as part of wetland and sandhill restoration initiatives; occasionally assisting with prescribed fires; radiotracking Gopher Tortoises; and mapping and surveying tortoise burrows.
Office/lab duties will include: entering and managing data; occasionally supervising volunteers and research interns; and assisting with statistical analyses and report writing.=20
– B.S. in biology, environmental science, or a related field
– At least 1 year of relevant work experience
– Experience with wetland/aquatic ecosystem monitoring techniques
– Experience capturing, handling, and identifying amphibians and reptiles – Familiarity with herpetofauna and plants of Coastal Plain ecosystems of the southeastern U.S.
– Highly organized and able to work independently
– Proactive approach to project management and communication
– Meticulous attention to data quality
– Ability to safely operate 4WD vehicles in off-road conditions
– Ability to perform physically strenuous activities under hot, humid subtropical conditions
– Applicants must have U.S. citizenship or current authorization to work in the U.S.
Preference will be given to candidates with at least 2 years of relevant experience; demonstrated ability to manage multiple field projects; and familiarity with ArcMap and Microsoft Access.=20
Salary will be dependent on experience, in the range of $24,000 – $26,500 per year plus benefits.
To apply, email the following (preferably as one attachment in PDF format)
to Dr. Betsie Rothermel at [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org:=20]email@example.com:=20
1) Cover letter describing your qualifications and availability with respect to the desired start date
2) Current resume or CV, including GPA and a list of relevant coursework
3) Contact information for three references
Please include =91RA position=92 in the subject line of your email. Review of applications will begin November 5th and continue until the position is filled.