Full-time Positions

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
Outreach and Social Media Internship

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: $300/week

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” with the time period you are interested in working.


Outreach and Social Media Intern

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 public outreach and communication about wildlife ecology in southern Florida and the Everglades. Intern will be expected to work 40 hours a week, including some weekends, for a period of 12 weeks.

Duties

Intern will work with University of Florida scientists under supervision of the Environmental Education Coordinator. Primary duties include updating “The Croc Docs” website and Facebook page and assisting with design and production of outreach publications. As needed, the intern will staff The Croc Docs exhibit table at public outreach events. Additional duties (depending on skills and interests) may include assisting with graphic design, GIS mapping, writing, blogging, and giving public presentations. Intern may have occasional opportunities to participate in ecological field research projects.

Qualifications
  • Possess or pursuing degree in ecology, biology, wildlife, education, communication, marketing, or related field
  • Demonstrated ability to speak to the public about topics related to wildlife and conservation
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of Social Media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
  • Basic proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (e.g., Word, PowerPoint) and Adobe Creative Suite (e.g., Photoshop, InDesign)
  • Digital media skills (digital video, web design, graphic design, etc.) and/or GIS skills are desirable
  • Ability to work independently and with others in a fast-paced environment

Salary: $300/week

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 Rebecca Harvey at crocdoc_jobs@hotmail.com and use subject heading “Outreach Intern” followed by the time period in which you are available.