Florida Scrub-Jay Field Research Assistant

  • Archbold Biological Station
  • Avon Park Air Force Range, Avon Park, FL, USA
  • Nov 15, 2019
Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description

FLORIDA SCRUB-JAY FIELD RESEARCH ASSISTANT (1) needed 17 February to 31 July, 2020 for monitoring of threatened Florida Scrub-Jays (FSJs) at the Avon Park Air Force Range in south-central Florida. The position is associated with Archbold Biological Station’s Avian Ecology Program, headed by Dr. Reed Bowman.

Duties will include nest-searching, monitoring reproductive success, reading color bands, regular censuses, assisting in trapping, banding, and bleeding adults and nestlings, data entry using Access, orienting with aerial photos and a compass, and GPS data collection. There may be opportunities to assist with the other projects conducted by our office working with Red-cockaded Woodpeckers and Florida Grasshopper Sparrows.


  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife or a related field, along with previous field experience.
  • A good work ethic, a good sense of direction, highly motivated, excellent behavioral observation skills, and attention to detail.
  • Experience with nest searching or detailed behavioral observations preferred.
  • A willingness to work independently in oak scrub habitat, often in remote areas on an active military base.
  • An interest in birds, experience in reading color bands, capturing, handling and banding birds, tolerance for a vast array of snakes and biting insects, and working long hours under hot-humid field conditions will be helpful, though not essential.
  • Willingness to work a non-regular schedule that will often include weekends.

Archbold Biological Station is a renowned research facility located in south-central Florida, and has been conducting endangered species monitoring at the Avon Park Air Force Range since 1993. For more information about our program see our lab website: http://www.archboldstation.org/html/research/avian/avian.html

Avon Park Air Force Range is a 106,000-acre military reserve that protects some of the best examples of native habitats in the region. Military training activities occur daily, and our monitoring protocols involve working around these training missions. The successful applicant will be stationed at Avon Park Air Force Range but will also have access to the main research station in Lake Placid, about 40 miles away.

Archbold Biological Station is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups.

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Pay is $11.33 per hour plus free off-site housing