Full-time Positions

Science Writer/Outreach Coordinator

The Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center is seeking an enthusiastic individual to support efforts to extend science to technical and general audiences. The successful applicant will prepare and edit educational materials on a wide range of subjects including Everglades restoration, alligators and crocodiles, invasive species, climate change, and a variety of international topics. Position will be full time for one year, and may be extended depending on performance and funding. The position includes working some nights and weekend days.

Duties

The Science Writer/Outreach Coordinator will work with scientists and managers from the University of Florida and various state and federal governmental agencies. Primary duties include editing and writing scientific papers such as refereed publications and technical reports, and developing and delivering outreach materials such as fact sheets, newsletters, presentations, posters, door hangers, websites, and social media. The candidate will also be responsible for staffing exhibit tables at community outreach events. There will be opportunities to participate in field work (see website above for project descriptions) and for international travel.

Qualifications
  • Possess degree in ecology, biology, wildlife, environmental science, journalism, or related field
  • Demonstrated strong writing and editing skills for general and scientific audiences
  • Ability to research and synthesize information on a wide range of scientific topics
  • Skills in graphic design and layout
  • Excellent oral communication skills and friendly personality when interacting with public
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (e.g.m Word, Powerpoint) and publication/design software (e.g. Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Microsoft Publisher)
  • Ability to work independently and with other safely in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to meet deadlines under pressure
  • Posession or ability to obtain a valid driver's license

Salary: Target range is broad and will be commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience.

Start date: As soon as ideal candidate is identified and available.

To apply: Please send letter of interest and resume or CV by email to crocdoc_jobs@hotmail.com and use subject heading “Writer/Coordinator”


Analytical Biologist

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 analytical biologist interested in research related to datasets on invasive and native reptiles, and long-term monitoring datasets on American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) and American crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) in southern Florida. Successful candidate must be a self-motivated individual with functional knowledge and experience with analytical software and techniques. Experience with 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. Research opportunities will build off of ongoing alligator and crocodile datasets collected over several decades and invasive and native reptile datasets accumulated over the last decade. Opportunities exist for the development of novel research projects.

Qualifications

Successful candidate should possess a MSc in ecology, wildlife biology, conservation biology or related discipline. He or she 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.

Start date: Flexible

Salary: $15-20/hour. Commensurate with experience.

To Apply: Please send letter of interest, resume or CV, and names and contact information for three references by e-mail to Dr. Frank Mazzotti at crocdoc_jobs@hotmail.com and use subject heading "Analytical Biologist."


Internships

Internships are generally three months, but dates are flexible. Deadline for applications is 6 weeks before corresponding start date. The following advertisements apply to multiple internships occurring throughout the year, please note your availability in your letter of interest.

Biological Internship

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 projects related to research and monitoring of native and invasive reptiles in South Florida. Intern will be expected to work 40 hours a week, including some nights, for a period of three months.

Duties

Intern will work with scientists and managers from the University of Florida as well as state and federal agencies. Primary duties include radio telemetry, live trapping, and camera trapping for Argentine Black & White Tegus, as well as herpetofaunal surveys (75%), and necropsy of select specimens (25%). This opportunity will provide necessary training and exposure to arduous conditions of southern Florida and hands-on experience with native and invasive exotic reptiles. 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 ecology, biology, wildlife, environmental science, or related field
  • Maintain work quality and positive attitude in challenging, muddy, rocky, remote settings in hot and humid weather with biting insects, alligators, and venomous snakes
  • Experience regularly hiking long distances in heat
  • Excellent communication skills and accurate data recording are essential
  • Ability to work independently and with others in a fast-paced environment
  • Possession or ability to obtain a valid Florida driver's license
  • Experience navigating off-trail with aid of GPS and compass
  • Working knowledge of South Florida ecosystems and wildlife, experience operating vehicles with 4WD and manual transmissions, and first aid/CPR training is helpful but not required

Salary: $12.50/hour

Start date: As soon as ideal candidate is identified and available.

To apply: Please send letter of interest and resume or CV by email to Mike Rochford at crocdoc_jobs@hotmail.com and use subject heading “Biological Intern”