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

Wildlife Technician

Wildlife Biologist

Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Invasion Ecology of Large Reptiles in the Florida Everglades


Wildlife Technician

The Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center is seeking an enthusiastic individual for hire. Technician will assist with projects related to research and monitoring of native and invasive reptiles in southern Florida. Candidates will be expected to work 40 hours a week, including nights. This position runs through October 31st, 2023, with the possibility of promotion to a full-time position dependent upon performance and funding.

Duties:

Technician will work with scientists and managers from the University of Florida as well as state and federal agencies. Primary duties include live trapping and camera trapping for Argentine Black & White Tegus (30%), radio tracking and camera trapping of Burmese pythons (20%), herpetofaunal surveys (20%), necropsy of select specimens (20%), and American Alligator and Crocodile data collection (10%). This opportunity will provide necessary training and exposure to arduous conditions of southern Florida and hands-on experience with native and invasive exotic reptiles. This position has an intensive and demanding field component. Additional duties include data entry and other tasks as assigned. Depending on availability, Technician may have occasional opportunities to participate in other research projects.

Qualifications:
  • Possess bachelor’s 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
  • 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’s 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, native wildlife identification, and wilderness first aid/first aid/CPR training is helpful but not required

Salary: $16.50/hour

Start date: By January 6th, or as soon as candidate is identified and available.

To Apply: Please send letter of interest and resume or CV by email to Dr. Frank Mazzotti at: thecrocdocs@gmail.com with the subject heading “Wildlife Technician”. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found.


Wildlife Biologist

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.

To learn about the Croc Docs and current projects, please visit our website (http://crocdoc.ifas.ufl.edu) or (https://www.facebook.com/TheCrocDocs).

Required Qualifications
  • Possess degree in ecology, biology, wildlife, environmental science, or related field
  • Ability to identify native and nonnative reptile species in South Florida
  • Experience navigating off-trail with aid of GPS and compass
  • Ability to safely capture and handle large reptiles, particularly Burmese pythons
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Demonstrated quantitative skills and experience with database management
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Possession or ability to obtain a valid Florida driver's license
  • Maintain work quality and positive attitude in challenging, muddy, rocky, remote settings in hot and humid weather with biting insects, lightning, large reptiles, venomous snakes, and poisonous plants
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in ecology, biology, wildlife, environmental science, or related field
  • Knowledge of ecosystems in South Florida
  • Experience operating airboats and trailering strongly preferred
  • Experience with radio-telemetry techniques strongly preferred
  • Experience operating drones and/or desire to obtain drone pilot license
  • Experience working with large invasive reptiles in Florida
Duties

Primary duties include project management, data management, analyses, and writing of reports and manuscripts, as well as conducting herpetofaunal surveys, radio-telemetry, live-trapping, removal and necropsy of nonnative species, boat and vehicle maintenance, May assist with other active projects.

Start date: By January 6th, or as soon as candidate is identified and available.

Salary: Minimum starting salary $18.50/hr, Commensurate with experience

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 with the subject heading: “Wildlife Biologist”. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found.


Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Invasion Ecology of Large Reptiles in the Florida Everglades

The University of Florida, Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center seeks applicants for a post-doctoral researcher to join an interdisciplinary research team focused on projects that advance our ability to detect, remove, and monitor cryptic invasive species across a mosaic of habitat types and landownership boundaries. These projects aim to develop tools to assist natural resource managers and stakeholders in developing science-based strategies for invasive species management and control. Of particular interest is development of a regional early detection and rapid response (EDRR) program for nonnative reptiles in southern Florida. The applicant will be one of the project leads developing advanced statistical techniques for estimating occupancy and abundance of nonnative species, and for assessing management and control efforts.

We highly encourage people from historically underrepresented groups to apply. The postdoctoral researcher will be stationed at the UF Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, 3205 College Ave., Davie, Florida, 33314. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States and have all paperwork completed prior to accepting the position.

To learn about the Croc Docs and current projects, please visit our website (http://crocdoc.ifas.ufl.edu) or (https://www.facebook.com/TheCrocDocs).

We are recruiting a postdoctoral researcher who will accomplish the following:
  • (1) Coordinate and oversee existing projects involving large invasive reptiles.
  • (2) Analyze large multiyear datasets on invasive reptiles to extract patterns and trends and publish manuscripts.
  • (3) Develop hypotheses and test via initiation of new projects related to large reptile ecology.
Qualifications

Competitive candidates will be highly motivated and possess a PhD and experience in biological sciences, ecology, or related fields with a strong interest in invasion ecology. Applicants should have advanced experience with quantitative modeling and strong geospatial skills. Experience with occupancy models, n-mixture models, and removal models are desired. Applicants must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be able to work in a fast-paced, interdisciplinary research environment. This project is a collaborative venture among the University of Florida, U.S. Geological Survey, South Florida Water Management District, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; therefore, applicant must work well with scientists and natural resource managers in meetings and workshops. Applicant will be expected to publish in scientific journals, write proposals for future funding, prepare reports, and deliver research presentations. The applicant is expected to conduct field work periodically, with experience in camera surveillance and the ability to capture large reptiles preferred.

Start date: As soon as ideal candidate is identified and available. Formal review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Position can start as early as 1 July 2022.

Salary: Salary is dependent upon experience. The project is a multiyear project with appointment on a year-to-year basis with additional years contingent on continued funding and successful performance of duties.

To Apply: Please provide: (1) a cover letter detailing your experiences for the qualifications above and how they have prepared you for this position, (2) a CV, (3) names and contact information of three professional references, and (4) two relevant publications by e-mail to Dr. Frank Mazzotti (thecrocdocs@gmail.com) as a single pdf with POST DOC INVASION ECOLOGY in the subject line.