Research Associate

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Tavernier, FL, United States

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30+ days ago

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Position Summary:
The Research Associate will report to Audubon Florida’s Director of Research at the Everglades Science Center. Their primary responsibilities will be a combination of fieldwork and office projects. This is a full-time position monitoring prey base fish populations in the mangrove zone of Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, and the Florida Keys. Scientific responsibilities will primarily consist of the collection of fishes in the mangrove habitats of Florida bay, analyses of fishes, submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) surveys, and maintaining data accuracy in a database. Additionally, the research associate will also need to work with and maintain physical data.

Fish populations are monitored using a 9M2 drop system, throw traps, and seines. In addition, the submerged aquatic vegetation surveys is conducted using a quadrat while snorkeling. Field data will be collected from, powerboats, rowboats, canoes and kayaks.
Essential Functions:
  • Collect, identify, preserve, and catalogue aquatic vegetation, fish and macroinvertebrates.
  • Maintain and analyze database information.
  • Prepare and maintain detailed records, log and summarize reports of all procedures and results.
  • Participate in group projects to maintain the base facility and improve operations.
  • Responsible for the maintenance of vehicles and all assigned field gear.
  • Assist with site preparation and construction (as needed).

Other duties as assigned Qualifications and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field required; or equivalent field experience of a minimum of 1 year experience working in marine, estuarine, or wetlands ecology environments.
  • Understanding and respect of the scientific method is paramount.
  • Computer experience and familiarity with spreadsheet and database programs are required.
  • Excellent work ethic, a team-focused attitude, and the ability to work well independently in the field.
  • Experience in Florida’s estuaries, mangrove forests and/or coastal wetlands, sampling and identification of fishes is desirable.
  • Meticulous attention to detail with a high level of accuracy and a can-do attitude are essential.
  • Valid driver’s license required.
  • Ability to operate, maintain and repair mechanical equipment such as trucks and boats.
  • Ability to work long hours in the field, sometimes alone, in sub-tropical wetland environments, exposed to the harsh South Florida environment (sun, heat, biting insects, wading in water or mud) with or without accommodation.
  • Must be able to traverse 3-8 miles a day and lift up to 40 lbs. with or without accommodation.
  • Ability to perform tasks requiring physical exertion, outdoors, in all weather conditions and on difficult terrain with or without accommodation.
  • Ability and willingness to working in murky waters that serve as the home for potentially dangerous wildlife such as crocodiles, sharks and venomous snakes. Some projects may involve travel in helicopters and small, fixed-wing aircraft.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and other web-based applications.
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