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Alligator and Crocodile Biologist

Date Posted: 13 Jan 2018 (Show details)

Institution: University of Florida
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Closing date: 31 March 2018

The University of Florida, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, Davie, Florida (the Croc Docs) is seeking a an enthusiastic individual who will work with scientists from the University of Florida as well as managers from state and federal agencies. Primary duties include spotlight surveys and captures of American alligators and American crocodiles, boat and vehicle maintenance, and data management. The salary is $14-18/hour, commensurate with experience. The start date is as soon as ideal candidate is identified and available.

The successful candidate may be required to assist with other active projects. Biologist will be expected to work 40 hours a week, including nights, and must commit to at least one year of work. Position may be extended depending on performance and funding. To learn about our lab and current projects, please visit our website (http://crocdoc.ifas.ufl.edu) or facebook page (www.facebook.com/theCrocDocs).

Required Qualifications:

  • Possess degree in ecology, biology, wildlife, environmental science, or related field'
  • Knowledge of Florida's ecosystems as well as native and nonnative herpetofauna'
  • Excellent communication skills and accurate data recording'
  • Possession or ability to obtain a valid Florida driver's license'
  • Experience navigating off-trail with aid of GPS and compass'
  • Experience operating vehicles with 4WD.

Preferred Skills:

  • Prior experience with crocodilians preferred;
  • Maintain work quality and positive attitude in challenging, muddy, rocky, remote settings in hot and humid weather with biting insects, large reptiles, and venomous snakes;
  • Experience operating and maintaining airboats, small skiffs, jon boats, kayaks;
  • Experience using and downloading data from Garmin GPS devices;
  • Ability to work independently and with others in a fast-paced environment;
  • Experience identifying herpetofauna present in southern Florida;
  • First aid/CPR training is helpful but not required.

To Apply:

Please email letter of interest, resume or CV, and names and contact information for three references Mike Rochford at thecrocdocs [at] gmail [dot] com and use subject heading “Alligator & Crocodile Biologist.”  

The closing date is March 31, 2018. 

Project Manager in Herpetology

Date Posted: 13 Jan 2018 (Show details)

Institution: University of Florida
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Closing date: 31 March 2018

The University of Florida, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, Davie, Florida (the Croc Docs) is seeking an individual to manage projects related to invasive and native reptiles and amphibians and long-term monitoring of American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) and American crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) in southern Florida. The start date is flexible.

Research opportunities will build on alligator and crocodile datasets collected over several decades and invasive and native reptile datasets accumulated over the last decade. Incumbent responsible for managing staff of 3-5 biologists, technicians, and interns per project; on-time project deliverables; permitting; and writing proposals, reports, and peer-reviewed publications. Opportunities exist for development of novel research projects. To learn about our lab and current projects, please visit our website (http://crocdoc.ifas.ufl.edu) or facebook page (www.facebook.com/theCrocDocs).

The salary is $20-25/hour, commensurate with experience.

Qualifications:

Successful candidate should possess an MSc or PhD in ecology, wildlife biology, conservation biology or related discipline. Incumbent should be comfortable learning and applying hierarchical models of occupancy and abundance, mark-recapture models, and/or population growth models. He or she should be capable in Program R or other statistical modelling software. Familiarity with GIS and databases is a plus.

Successful candidate must be a self-motivated individual with at least one year’s experience managing wildlife research projects and functional knowledge of wildlife research techniques and experimental design. Proficiency in R, Microsoft Access and Excel, and ArcGIS is strongly preferred. Must possess strong organizational skills, encyclopedic knowledge of statistical analyses and related software, and ability to work with other researchers. Experience driving airboats and motorboats desirable.

To Apply:

Please email letter of interest, resume or CV, and names and contact information for three references Dr. Frank Mazzotti at thecrocdocs [at] gmail [dot] com and use subject heading “Research Coordinator.”

The closing date is March 31, 2018. 

Paid Database Internship

Date Posted: 10 Jan 2015 (Show details)

Institution: University of Florida
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Closing date: Quarterly internships: deadline is 6 weeks prior to start of the quarter

The Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center is seeking an enthusiastic individual to assist with data management on projects related to research and monitoring of native and invasive reptiles in southern Florida. Intern will be expected to work 40 hours a week, including some nights, for a period of 12 weeks Additional descriptions of ongoing research can be found: http://crocdoc.ifas.ufl.edu/

Duties:

Intern will work with scientists and managers from the University of Florida as well as state and federal agencies. Primary duties include database management and data analysis. This opportunity will provide necessary training and exposure to manage large data sets, query appropriate data for analyses, and perform analyses. Additional duties include data entry and other tasks as assigned. Depending on availability, intern may have occasional opportunities to participate in other research projects.

Qualifications:

  • Possess or pursuing degree in computer sciences, ecology, biology, wildlife, environmental science, or related field
  • Expertise in Microsoft Office Suite (particularly Access, Excel, and Word)
  • Strong statistical background
  • Excellent communication skills and accurate data recording are essential
  • Ability to work independently and with others in a fast-paced environment
  • Prioritization and time management skills
  • General outdoor skills

Salary:

$200/week. Shared housing may be available.

Start date:

Internships are generally three months and this advertisement applies to multiple internships occurring throughout the year; March 1–May 31, June 1–August 31, September 1–November 30, December 1–February 28. Dates are flexible. Deadline for applications is 6 weeks before corresponding start date.

To Apply:

Please send letter of interest and resume or CV by email to Mike Rochford at crocdoc_jobs [at] hotmail [dot] com and use subject heading “Database Intern" followed by the time period in which you are interested.

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