The Croc Docs are currently seeking qualified candidates for the following positions:

Alligator & Crocodile Biologist(s)

Invasive Reptile & Amphibian Biologist(s)

Analytical Biologist(s)

Postdoctoral Associate in Reptile Ecology


Graduate Student Opportunities

If you are seeking opportunities for graduate work with us, we encourage you to apply for one of our job openings to first gain experience with us.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a position at more than one experience level?

You may apply for the highest level for which you are most qualified and indicate in your cover letter if you would be willing to accept a lower level position.

Do you accept international applicants?

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. For international applicants, please ensure you contact the U.S. Embassy to gather all necessary materials and permissions for employment in the United States. If selected, we will then provide the necessary supporting paperwork.

How soon can I start?

We are as eager as our applicants to fill available positions. Review of applications will begin January 2019 and continue until the ideal candidate is found.

Full-time Opportunities


Alligator & Crocodile Biologist(s)

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 enthusiastic individuals who will work with scientists from the University of Florida as well as scientists and managers from state and federal agencies. The alligator and crocodile biologist will assist with research and monitoring projects in the Florida Everglades, Jamaica, and Belize. Available positions require a minimum one-year commitment that may be extended depending on performance and funding. Candidate will be expected to work 40 hours a week, including nights and occasional weekends. We are currently advertising to fill positions at three possible levels: Biologist, Senior Biologist, and Supervisory Biologist. Review of applications will begin January 2019 and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the lab’s website or Facebook page for more information (http://crocdoc.ifas.ufl.edu) or (https://www.facebook.com/TheCrocDocs).

Required Qualifications
  • Possess degree in ecology, biology, wildlife, environmental science, or related field
  • Knowledge of aquatic ecosystems
  • Excellent communication skills and accurate data recording
  • Possession or ability to obtain a valid Florida driver's license
  • Experience navigating off-trail and over water with aid of GPS and compass
  • Experience operating vehicles with 4WD
  • Experience driving boats or airboats
  • Maintain work quality and positive attitude in challenging, muddy, rocky, remote settings in hot and humid weather with lightning, biting insects, large reptiles, venomous snakes, and poisonous plants
Biologist

Primary duties include spotlight surveys and captures of American alligators and American crocodiles in the Florida Everglades, radio telemetry, boat and vehicle maintenance, and data management. Previous work with crocodilians preferred. May be required to assist with other active projects.

Senior Biologist

Primary duties and qualifications listed at the biologist level as well as developing surveys, leading field crews and training others to perform field or office duties, assisting with report analyses and drafting, possession of a MSc or equivalent experience (3 years). Interest in developing quantitative skills, experience in statistical analyses, Program R, GIS, and database management preferred.

Supervisory Biologist

Primary duties and qualifications listed at the Senior Biologist level as well as project oversight and report preparation, coordination and collaboration with partner agencies, manage staff of 3-5 biologists per project, prepare project deliverables on-time, possess strong communication and writing skills for the creation of proposals, reports and peer-reviewed publications, and graduate degree (MSc, PhD) or equivalent experience (5 years). Knowledge of crocodilian capture techniques preferred. Experience in statistical analyses, Program R, GIS, and databases, and at least one year of experience managing wildlife research projects required.

Start date: As soon as ideal candidate(s) are identified and available.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and level of position.

To Apply: Please email letter of interest, resume or CV, and contact information for three references to Dr. Frank Mazzotti at thecrocdocs@gmail.com and indicate the level for which you are applying in the subject heading: “Alligator & Crocodile Biologist”, “Alligator & Crocodile Senior Biologist”, or “Alligator & Crocodile Supervisory Biologist.”


Invasive Reptile & Amphibian Biologist(s)

The University of Florida Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center in Davie, Florida (the Croc Docs) is seeking enthusiastic individuals to work with scientists from the University of Florida as well as scientists and managers from state and federal agencies. The positions require a minimum one-year commitment that may be extended depending on performance and funding. Candidate will be expected to work 40 hours a week, including nights and occasional weekends. We are currently advertising to fill positions at three possible levels: Biologist, Senior Biologist, and Supervisory Biologist. Review of applications will begin January 2019 and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the lab’s website or Facebook page for more information (http://crocdoc.ifas.ufl.edu) or (https://www.facebook.com/TheCrocDocs).

Required Qualifications
  • Possess degree in ecology, biology, wildlife, environmental science, or related field
  • Knowledge of aquatic ecosystems
  • 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
  • Maintain work quality and positive attitude in challenging, muddy, rocky, remote settings in hot and humid weather with lightning, biting insects, large reptiles, venomous snakes, and poisonous plants
Biologist

Primary duties include herpetofaunal surveys, live-trapping, radio telemetry, removal and necropsy of nonnative species, boat and vehicle maintenance, and data management. Ideal candidates will possess strong herpetological, quantitative skills, or both. May assist with other active projects. Experience operating and/or maintaining motorboats and/or airboats is favored but not required.

Senior Biologist

Primary duties include developing surveys, training others to perform field or office techniques, assisting with report analyses and drafting. Possession of an MSc or equivalent experience (3 years) required. Experience with Program R, GIS, and database management preferred.

Supervisory Biologist

Primary duties include those listed at the Senior Biologist level as well as project oversight and report preparation, managing staff of 3-5 biologists per project, on-time project deliverables, writing proposals, reports and peer-reviewed publications. Possession of an MSc, PhD, or equivalent experience (5 years) required. Experience with Program R, GIS, and databases, and at least one year of experience managing wildlife research projects preferred.

Start date: As soon as ideal candidate(s) are identified and available.

Salary:Commensurate with experience and level of position.

To Apply: Please email letter of interest, resume or CV, and names and contact information for three references to Dr. Frank Mazzotti at thecrocdocs@gmail.com and indicate the level for which you are applying in the subject heading: “Invasive Reptile and Amphibian Biologist”, “Invasive Reptile and Amphibian Senior Biologist”, or “Invasive Reptile and Amphibian Supervisory Biologist.”


Analytical Biologist(s)

The University of Florida Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center in Davie, Florida (the Croc Docs) is seeking an analytical biologist interested in research related to datasets on invasive and native reptiles. Successful candidate must be a self-motivated individual with functional knowledge and experience with analytical software and techniques and be comfortable writing and reporting results. Research opportunities will build off datasets collected as part of ongoing long-term ecological monitoring. Opportunities exist for the development of novel research projects. Review of applications will begin January 2019 and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the lab’s website or Facebook page for more information (http://crocdoc.ifas.ufl.edu) or (https://www.facebook.com/TheCrocDocs).

Required Qualifications
  • Experience with R, Microsoft Access and Excel, and ArcGIS is strongly preferred
  • Must possess strong organizational skills, knowledge of statistical analyses and related software
  • Ability to work independently and with other researchers
Assistant Analytical Biologist

Successful candidate should possess an undergraduate degree in ecology, wildlife biology, conservation biology, or a related field. He or she should possess a working knowledge of statistics and basic experience using programs such as R, Microsoft Access, and ArcGIS. Examples of relevant experience include running existing R scripts on datasets, creating maps in ArcGIS, and assisting with report writing.

Analytical Biologist
Successful candidate should possess a Master’s degree in ecology, wildlife biology, conservation ecology, or a related discipline. They should have experience implementing project designs, writing reports or publications, analyzing and visualizing data in R, and generating queries in Microsoft Access. They should have a working knowledge of best practices in data management, and be comfortable learning statistical modeling techniques, including occupancy, abundance, mark-recapture, and population growth. He or she should be able to visualize and interpret results, and assist with preparing reports.

Senior Analytical Biologist
Successful candidate should possess a Master’s degree in ecology, wildlife biology, conservation biology, or related discipline. They should be able to design and supervise the implementation of field studies while applying best practices in data management. Must be familiar with relational databases, and be comfortable importing and summarizing data in Microsoft Access. Candidate should be experienced fitting statistical models, including occupancy, abundance, mark-recapture, and population growth. He or she should be able to visualize and interpret results, and feel comfortable writing reports independently.

Start date: As soon as ideal candidate(s) are identified and available.

Salary:Commensurate with experience and level of position.

To Apply: Please email letter of interest, resume or CV, and names and contact information for three references to Dr. Frank Mazzotti at thecrocdocs@gmail.com and indicate the level for which you are applying in the subject heading: “Assistant Analytical Biologist”, “Analytical Biologist”, or “Senior Analytical Biologist.”


Postdoctoral Associate in Reptile Ecology

The University of Florida Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center in Davie, Florida (Croc Docs) is seeking a postdoctoral associate. Successful candidate will use long-term datasets on American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis), American crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus), and invasive reptiles in southern Florida to understand reptile ecology and ecosystem dynamics and apply that understanding to ecosystem restoration and management. Research opportunities will build off of long term datasets on alligators, crocodiles, and invasive reptiles with opportunities to develop original research projects in the Everglades and to work on crocodiles and turtles in Belize, Cuba, and Jamaica.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the lab’s website or Facebook page for more information (http://crocdoc.ifas.ufl.edu) or (https://www.facebook.com/TheCrocDocs).

Required Qualifications
  • Successful candidate should possess a PhD in ecology, wildlife biology, conservation biology or related discipline
  • Must be a self-motivated individual with strong field skills, good organizational skills, and ability to work independently and with other researchers
  • Proficient in quantitative methods such as hierarchical models of occupancy and abundance, spatial analyses, mark-recapture models, or population growth models
  • Skilled in Program R or similar statistical software
  • Documented experience in or potential for writing and publishing scientific articles

Start date: Position is anticipated to start as soon as a suitable candidate is found. Review of applications will begin in January 2019. Salary will depend on qualifications and experience. Non-US citizen applicants should acquire all paperwork required for working in the US prior to applying.

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