Research Technician

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National Audubon Society

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Naples, Florida

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Sun, 25 Apr 2021 23:59:59 GMT

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Job Type Permanent Salary Details $36,500 /yr + benefits Required Experience 0 – 1 years Overview Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of approximately 450 local chapters, 120 campus chapters, 17 state and regional offices, 34 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search. The National Audubon Society endeavors to make accessible to any and all users. If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact . This contact information is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications. Position Summary The Research Technician will be responsible for assisting with field and office activities associated with ecological research and monitoring projects being carried out at the 13,000-acre Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary (southwestern Florida). This full-time position will report to the Research Director, serving as field crew leader (assisted by other staff or volunteers) or working independently to collect hydrologic data (dataloggers, rain gauges) and conduct surveys of wading birds, herpetofauna (visual and aural), mammals (trail cameras), and freshwater aquatic fauna (1-m2 throw trap and minnow traps). Office/laboratory responsibilities include data entry (including database management), processing aquatic fauna samples, processing trail camera images, and assisting with mapping (ArcGIS), summarizing and reporting data, and assisting with social media. The Research Technician will also help coordinate interns and volunteers to assist with field and office work. As a member of the Sanctuary’s collaborative conservation team (research and land management), the technician will participate as a member of the Sanctuary’s prescribed fire crew (ignition and suppression) and assist with ecological monitoring associated with restoration sites (flora and fauna). Travel within sites will involve a combination of 4WD truck, ATV, swamp buggy, and hiking. Other job responsibilities may include maintenance of field equipment and assistance with other Sanctuary activities, as needed. Essential Functions – Serve as lead technician for monitoring hydrology, wading birds, fish and macroinvertebrates, herpetofauna, and mammals, including collecting, recording, and managing ecological data. – Independently work to identify, preserve and catalogue aquatic fauna, enter field and laboratory data, and identify mammals in trail camera images. – Assist with monitoring of wetlands plants, as needed. – Maintain field equipment. – Assist with summarizing and reporting field observations and data (formal and informal). – Assist as a member of a prescribed fire team, including ignition, suppression, mop-up, and assistance with equipment preparation and maintenance. – Participate in staff projects to maintain the facility and improve operations. Qualifications and Experience – Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field required; understanding and respect of the scientific method is paramount. – Experience in Florida’s wetlands, sampling and identification of wetland fauna is a plus. – Knowledge of Florida’s wetland flora and fauna is strongly desired. A willingness to quickly learn to identify aquatic fauna, wetland birds (sight and call), herpetofauna (sight and anuran calls), and mammals must be demonstrated. – Strong sense of direction, excellent navigational and geolocation skills, and experience with MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook) and ArcGIS are required. – Excellent work ethic, a team-focused attitude, and the ability to work well independently in the field and laboratory. – Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. – The successful candidate must demonstrate an ability to be flexible and adaptable to changing circumstances and work conditions, and an ability to improvise and problem solve in the field. – Valid driver’s license required; experience with ATVs and 4WD in sandy or muddy environments strongly preferred. – Ability to work long hours in the field in sub-tropical wetland environments, exposed to the harsh South Florida environment (sun, heat, biting insects, wading in water or mud), sometimes alone and carrying field gear (up to 40 lbs) for extended periods. – Ability and willingness to working in murky waters that serves as the home for potentially dangerous wildlife such as alligators and venomous snakes.