Tall Timbers Employment Opportunities

Conservation Stewardship Manager

Supervisor:  Conservation Coordinator
Location:  Tall Timbers • Tallahassee, Florida
Job Classification: Full Time

Tall Timbers is widely regarded for its scientific research and information in the areas of fire ecology, game bird management, and vertebrate ecology. For almost 60 years, Tall Timbers has worked to better understand the role of fire in southern ecosystems and is a staunch prescribed fire advocate. The Land Conservancy, a division within Tall Timbers, was established in 1990 to ensure the sustainability and conservation of natural and cultural resources and rural land use traditions of the Red Hills region and in other strategic focus areas that promote Tall Timbers’ mission of fostering exemplary land stewardship through research, conservation, and education. To date, Tall Timbers has conserved over 130,000 acres with nearly 100 landowners utilizing donated conservation easements, making it one of the largest regional land trusts in the Southeast. Working with landowners, Tall Timbers has saved some of the South’s best remaining longleaf pine savannas, miles of river frontage along the Flint, Ochlockonee, and Aucilla Rivers, scenic canopy roads, and historic sites. These easements protect critical upland wildlife habitat and wetland ecosystems that affect the region’s quality of life by providing clean air and water to the residents of south Georgia and north Florida. In addition, these easements perpetuate traditional rural land uses of sustainable forestry, farming, and recreational hunting. The success of this private land conservation effort is due to the visionary leadership and stewardship ethic of landowners, strong public support, and the dedication of the staff. Tall Timbers is a committed land trust that has adopted the Land Trust Alliance’s Standards and Practices and is an accredited Land Trust by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

Position Responsibilities:

  1. Coordinate and conduct annual monitoring and stewardship of conservation easements and other conservation properties following Tall Timbers’ policies and procedures.
  2. Provide extension services and technical assistance for conservation easement landowners and land managers. Work with Tall Timbers staff to provide extension services to the greater Tall Timbers membership.
  3. Work closely with the Records Manager to ensure all stewardship and land conservation records are collected and properly stored following recordkeeping policies and procedures. Maintain records in the Tall Timbers Land Conservation Database.
  4. Assist the Conservation Coordinator and Conservation Biologist with new conservation easement projects including development of baseline documentation reports, conservation management plans, and legal conservation easements.
  5. Document conservation easement violations. Work with Land Conservancy staff, Tall Timbers President/CEO and potentially the Easement Review Committee to obtain a resolution.
  6. Pursue grants and other funding sources to support conservation and exemplary land stewardship on conservation easement properties.
  7. Coordinate periodic events directed toward conservation easement landowners, land managers, and other interested parties.
  8. Contribute to Tall Timbers community outreach, including its website and other public relations and educational materials.
  9. Assist in the day-to-day management of the Land Conservancy, including performing necessary administrative tasks and fulfilling public information requests.
  10. Assist in the overall work of the Land Conservancy and Tall Timbers as appropriate and as requested by the Conservation Coordinator or Director.

Qualifications and Experience

  1. Minimum education requirement: Bachelor’s Degree in forestry, wildlife or natural resources with at least 5 years of professional experience.  A Master’s Degree is preferred but not required.  A graduate degree can be substituted for up to 2 years of professional experience.
  2. The ability to work independently with excellent time management skills and able to manage multiple ongoing activities.
  3. Strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills with the ability to listen and effectively and tactfully present information to and communicate with landowners, land managers, foresters, Board and Committee members, and other staff.
  4. Good writing skills with the ability to effectively develop monitoring reports, stewardship documents, landowner correspondence, technical papers, popular articles, social media posts, and other writings as assigned.
  5. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, ArcGIS, Adobe Acrobat, and GPS units.
  6. Working knowledge of common land management practices, including prescribed fire and forestry techniques utilized in the Southeast.
  7. An understanding of conservation easements and a willingness to expand personal knowledge of the topic.
  8. Preference for prescribed burner certification in Georgia or Florida.
  9. Preference for an understanding of Southeastern ecosystems, flora, and fauna.
  10. Preference for the ability to use ATVs, 4-wheel drive trucks and handle off-road conditions.
  11. Must have a philosophical agreement with consumptive and sustainable uses of wildlife and forest resources. An active outdoors person and/or hunter is preferred.
  12. Good physical condition, including the ability to work in varying outdoor conditions as required to carry out duties.  Must not be deterred by heat, ticks, bugs, or snakes.
  13. A passion and desire to be a resident of the Greater Red Hills Region.

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary range: $35,000 – $52,000, depending on experience.
  • Benefits include health and dental insurance, retirement, paid vacation and sick leave


  1. Cover letter including 1) your interest in the position, 2) your opinion on why you are qualified for the job, and 3) salary history and salary expectations for this job.
  2. Resume or CV
  3. Contact information for 3 or more professional references
  4. A writing sample addressing a topic related to the position

Email all documents as PDF files to swell@talltimbers.org

Position Inquires:
Shane Wellendorf, Conservation Coordinator
Tall Timbers
13093 Henry Beadel Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32312

Application deadline: December 1, 2017.  It is recommended to promptly apply.  Desired start date: January 2018.

Two-year Graduate Assistantship Available

MS in Old-Growth Longleaf Pine Ecology at University of Georgia and Tall Timbers

The University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and Tall Timbers Research Station are seeking a M.S. student to conduct research focused on the physical structure and physiological function of old-growth longleaf pine forests beginning fall of 2018. The ideal candidate would already possess some field experience, proven problem-solving skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, a basic statistical background, an ability to work both independently and as a productive member of a research team, and motivation to develop, conduct, and publish their research. Candidates should possess a B.S. degree in ecology, forestry, plant biology, or a related discipline. The successful candidate will receive a two-year graduate assistantship consisting of an annual stipend of approximately $21k and tuition waiver. The graduate assistantship will have both teaching and research responsibilities—the student will be on a teaching assistantship while completing coursework at Warnell during fall 2018 and spring 2019 and will be on a research assistantship while completing research at Tall Timbers during the summer of 2019 through the summer of 2020. There is potential for the student to begin fieldwork in residence at Tall Timbers beginning May 2018 until courses begin in August 2018. Subsidized housing is available while in residence at Tall Timbers. Student fees of approximately $1k per semester, which include the matriculation fee and activity, athletic, health, student facilities, technology, and transportation fees will be assessed. If you are interested in this opportunity, please familiarize yourself with Warnell’s admission requirements and deadlines and send a single pdf containing: (1) a 1-2 page statement of your research interests and a summary of your professional career goals that explains why you think working in the Aubrey Lab will help you realize these goals; (2) a current CV; (3) unofficial transcripts showing all previous coursework, degrees, and GPA; (4) GRE scores; and (5) contact information of three references to Dr. Doug Aubrey (daubrey@srel.uga.edu). If selected to compete for this assistantship, you will be encouraged to submit an application to the UGA Graduate School prior to December 31st 2017. Please contact Doug Aubrey (daubrey@srel.uga.edu) or Kevin Hiers (jkhiers@talltimbers.org) with any additional questions.

Internship Opportunities

Dixie Plantation Quail Management Internship

The Dixie Plantation Quail Management Internship is designed for students finishing up at 2 or 4 year programs in Wildlife Management with an interest in working on managed quail land. Dixie Plantation is a 9,125 acre working quail plantation near Monticello, FL owned and operated by Tall Timbers Research Station. The objectives at Dixie include:

      1. quail hunting and field trials,
      2. preserving the historical, cultural and natural features, and
      3. education and training.

The internship is a 16 week program usually from Jan-April that is designed to indoctrinate young people to Tall Timbers land ethic of Exemplary Land Stewardship. The student will be housed and employed at Dixie Plantation and exposed to a wide array of activities in a short time. The end result is expected to be placement of the intern in a position on a managed quail property. A checklist of activities/skills the intern will be exposed to includes the following:

      • Tractor driving (roller chopping, mowing, fire break harrowing, planting, etc.)
      • Basic power equipment operation and maintenance (chainsaw, limb pruner, lawnmower, etc.)
      • Horseback hunting for wild quail
      • Assisting with wild quail field trials
      • Introduction to horse care and maintenance
      • Prescribed burning
      • Supplemental feeding including grain handling/storage
      • Wildlife research (radio-tracking quail, avian census, predator index, small mammal trapping, etc.)
      • Nest predator trapping
      • Quail trapping for research and translocation
      • Feral hog trapping
      • ATV and pick-up operation and maintenance

Interested parties should have completed an A.S. or B.S. in wildlife management or be very close to doing so. A cover letter and resume can be sent to the Dixie office at 1583 Livingston Road, Greenville, FL 32331. TEL 850-997-1957. Dixie@ttrs.org

Game Bird Lab – Wild Turkey Research Intern

The primary task of the intern will be tracking wild turkeys using VHF telemetry and the triangulation technique to obtain locations. Other duties will include climbing ladders to change out batteries in SongMeter recording devices, marking turkey nest locations, and conducting flush counts of wild turkey poults. Preference will be given to those candidates that have previous VHF telemetry experience, but anyone interested is encouraged to apply.

Fieldwork will begin in early March and last 14-16 weeks.

Field housing and utilities will be provided at no cost for the duration of the internship. Housing conditions are very nice by most people’s standards. Access to Wi-Fi, library facilities, and many wildlife professionals for professional networking opportunities will be available at the research station office. A personal vehicle is not required but recommended for trips to grocery stores or any recreational trips when not working.


      • VHF Telemetry experience (particularly using triangulation techniques)
      • Previous work with wild turkeys a plus
      • Ability to work a flexible schedule, i.e. early mornings, some weekends
      • Ability to work long hours
      • Good directional and navigational skills
      • Ability to tolerate hot and humid field conditions
      • Competency using a smart phone or tablet device
      • Valid driver’s license and good driving record
      • Ability to work independently in the field with minimal supervision

Compensation: Internship stipend is $230/week. Housing is provided at no cost.

Applicant should submit a letter of interest including the earliest and latest dates available to work, a CV/ resume with prior work experience and the names and contact information of 3 references. Email application materials to Aaron Griffith.

Northern Bobwhite Research InternshipNorthern Bobwhite Research Internship

      • 1 – 2 positions: January – April

Job Description:

The game bird program at Tall Timbers Research Station is looking for an individual(s) to assist with northern bobwhite trapping, banding, and attaching radio transmitters. The work would involve pre-baiting trap sites, mapping trap locations, checking traps at night, banding, data entry, radio telemetry, and other duties assigned.

Additionally, applicants should submit materials early for all positions, which are open until filled.

Internship positions are 12-16 weeks in length, start and end dates are flexible.

Qualifications: Applicants should be working toward a B.S. in wildlife ecology or related field. Consideration will also be given to recently graduated individuals interested in gaining more field experience. Previous fieldwork and computer experience is beneficial, but not required. Individuals need a valid driver’s license and must have a good driving record.

Compensation: Internship stipend is $230/week ($920/month). Housing and utilities are provided at no cost. Hunting and fishing privileges on our properties may be included.

To apply please send a cover letter clearly stating your research interests, career goals, which position you are applying for, and the earliest and latest dates available to work. Also, include your resume and a minimum of three references (please state their relationship to you).

Diana McGrath
Tall Timbers Research Station
13093 Henry Beadel Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32312

Email Diana McGrath

(Electronic submissions/inquiries encouraged, preferably in MS word or in body of message)

Stoddard Bird Lab Internships

Grad student Clark Jones (l) and summer interns Emily Toriani and Emily Pipher processing a netted Bachman’s Sparrow.

Grad student Clark Jones (l) and summer interns Emily Toriani and Emily Pipher processing a netted Bachman’s Sparrow.

The Stoddard Bird Lab can help you gain valuable field experience. Current research projects include monitoring the Red Hills population of the endangered Red‑cockaded Woodpecker, assessing the effects of prescribed burning on populations of Bachman’s Sparrows, understanding the cooperative breeding system of the Brown‑headed Nuthatch, monitoring Gopher Tortoise populations, snag inventory on an old‑growth pine forest, and investigating avian community composition and productivity along a gradient from old field pine to undisturbed longleaf pine forests. Internships typically are awarded by mid-February, so applications should be submitted by Jan 15 of each year. The number of interns varies from year to year, so contact Jim Cox (contact info below) for more specific information.
Duties: Interns help mist-net birds, conduct nest searches, monitor color‑banded individuals, assist with with banding Red‑cockaded Woodpeckers, collect vegetation sampling, perform GPS/GIS mapping, and assist with prescribed burning.

All interns are highly encouraged to complete a research project. Research projects include development of study hypotheses, collecting and analyzing field data.

Recent intern Kelly Heffernan with an Indigo Bunting netted on the Wade Tract.

Recent intern Kelly Heffernan with an Indigo Bunting netted on the Wade Tract.

Some examples of intern research project topics include:

      • Response of Bachman’s Sparrows to different vocalizations
      • Home range and movements of Brown‑headed Nuthatches
      • Snag inventory and use in an old growth pine forest
      • Gopher tortoise inventory

Internship positions are 10 weeks in length and typically take place in summer; however some internships may be available at other times.

Qualifications: Applicants should be working toward a B.S. in ecology or related field. Consideration will also be given to recently graduated individuals interested in gaining more field experience. Previous fieldwork and computer experience is beneficial, but not required. Individuals need a valid driver’s license and must have a good driving record.

Compensation: Internship stipend is $225/week ($2250 total). Housing and utilities are provided at no cost. To apply, please send a cover letter clearly stating your research interests and the earliest and latest dates available to work. Also, include your resume and a minimum of three references to:

Jim Cox
Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy
13093 Henry Beadel Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32312
Email Jim Cox
(Electronic submissions/inquires encouraged, preferably in MS word)

Fire Ecology Program Internships

Intern Daniel Godwin conducting an experimental prescribed burn.

Intern Daniel Godwin conducting an experimental prescribed burn.

The Fire Ecology Program seeks to provide field and laboratory experience for college students and recent graduates in the areas of plant ecology, ecosystem ecology, and fire science. Our research focus includes effects of fire regime on plant communities, soil chemistry, carbon sequestration, and fire behavior in southern pine forests and hardwood bottomland forests, effects of prescribed fire on air quality, and natural history of the local region. Most internships last 8-12 weeks during the summer starting sometime in May, but you may inquire about internships at other times of the year.

Duties: Specific activities vary from year to year and among interns, but they may include identifying and measuring plants to characterize changes in vegetation in response to fire regime, measuring trees for long-term forest censuses, assisting with research prescribed burns and fire behavior measurements, collecting and analyzing soil samples, mapping burned areas, and entering and processing data using database and GIS software. The habitat types where work is conducted include native longleaf pine-wiregrass forest, old-field pine forest, and old growth beech magnolia forest.

Qualifications: Applicants should be college students or recent graduates in biology, wildlife, forestry, natural resources, or related fields and have an interest in a career in natural resources. Applicants will be evaluated based on the potential benefit of the experience to his or her career plans and satisfactory references regarding work habits, professionalism, attitude, and physical fitness, as work is sometimes strenuous and conducted in difficult outdoor conditions. Employment will be contingent upon passing a driver’s record background check (no points on driver’s record for the past 3 years) for insurance purposes.

Intern Meredith Liedy measuring soil bulk density.

Intern Meredith Liedy measuring soil bulk density.

Compensation: Internship stipends are $230 per week. Limited on-site housing is available at no cost to full-time interns; a $55 deposit is required ($50 for the house, $5 for keys). For interns that commute, some compensation is provided. Interns will be expected to work full 8 hour days.

Deadlines: Review of applications for summer internships begins February 15 each year and are filled as appropriate candidates are found. This year (2017), all positions have been filled.

To Apply: Please submit:

      • A statement of how you expect the experience to benefit your career and your qualifications for conducting the work
      • Resume
      • Updated academic transcript (does not have to be official)
      • Full contact information for two or more references from previous employers or educators
      • Photocopy of your driver’s license
      • Beginning and ending date of your period of availability
      • Please note whether or not you require housing on station. Electronic submission is preferable

Send application materials to:

Dr. Monica Rother, Fire Ecologist
Email Monica Rother
Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy
13093 Henry Beadel Road
Tallahassee, FL 32312