Full-time Opportunities

Project Manager

Invasive Reptile & Amphibian Biologist
Alligator & Crocodile Biologist

Project Manager

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. 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. 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. Experience driving airboats and motorboats desirable. Opportunities exist for development of novel research projects.

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.

Start date: Flexible.

Salary: $20-25/hour. Commensurate with experience.

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


Invasive Reptile & Amphibian 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 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 herpetofaunal surveys, radio telemetry, and removal of nonnative species (including Argentine black & white tegus, Nile monitors, spectacled caiman, and Burmese and northern African pythons). Other duties include spotlight surveys and captures of American alligators and American crocodiles, boat and vehicle maintenance, and data management. Biologist will be expected to work 40 hours a week, including some nights, and must commit to at least one year of work. Position may be extended depending on performance and funding.

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
  • 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 identifying herpetofauna present in southern Florida
  • Experience using and downloading data from Garmin GPS devices
  • Experience triangulating and homing to transmittered wildlife
  • Ability to work independently and with others in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience maintaining and operating small skiffs, jon boats, kayaks
  • First aid/CPR training is helpful but not required

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

Salary: $14-18/hour. Commensurate with experience.

To Apply: Please email letter of interest, resume or CV, and names and contact information for three references Mike Rochford at thecrocdocs@gmail.com and use subject heading “Invasive Reptile & Amphibian Biologist.”


Alligator & Crocodile 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 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. Previous work with crocodilians preferred. 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.

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

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

Salary: $14-18/hour. Commensurate with experience.

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