Come be a part of vital research being done for South Florida National Parks! The primary duty of this position is to conduct marine fisheries (Creel) surveys at Flamingo in Everglades National Park and possibly at Biscayne National Park. Creel surveys are face to face interviews where the surveyor would be asking anglers a detailed set of questions about their fishing activity as they pull their boat out of the water. A possible secondary duty is to assist in monitoring the beaches of Cape Sable for sea turtle nesting activity. The volunteer will enter data and perform data management for the creel project.
Everglades National Park; Office Location: Daniel Beard Center; Field Locations: Flamingo boat ramps/marinas (Creel Survey), and Biscayne National Park (Bayfront Park in Homestead, and Cape Sable (Sea Turtle Nesting Beach Survey and Productivity Assessment).
Volunteer must be able to provide their own transportation to the duty station at the Daniel Beard Center (located near the Homestead entrance to Everglades National Park).
Project Duration: Ongoing; preferred commitment is one year (January – December)
Available Dates: Year-round (for Creel Project), commencing about early December 2019; there are seasonal opportunities to help on the Sea Turtle Nesting Beach Survey and Productivity Assessment from May – September 2020.
Minimum days Per Week: Volunteer minimally needed on Saturdays and Sundays.
Hours Per Week: Varies, depending on students class or work schedule; minimum needed 16 hours/week.
Successful candidates will be recent graduates or enrolled in a formal course of study relevant to the duties of the position (biology, wildlife management, marine science, etc.). A combination of education and appropriate experience is also acceptable. Candidates will have knowledge of the interrelationships of various natural resources. They will have the ability to work in remote areas, the ability to work both independently and in a team setting, and must be physically fit for outdoor work in all types of inclement weather and harsh conditions (thunderstorms, biting insects, and hot, humid climate indicative of south Florida). They must have effective communication skills and skills in using GPS, and be able to navigate using a map and compass. Candidate will be enthusiastic, organized, motivated, responsible, safety-conscious, show great interest in biology and the field of natural resources, and maintain a positive attitude.
The work is performed mostly outside, with exposure to heat, humidity, and bugs every day. Work may involve lifting some items up to 50 pounds such as bags full of safety equipment, but most items are light (1-2 pounds). The work involves walking, stooping, climbing, standing, and reaching.
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