Employment Opportunities

Field Plant Ecologist — Fire Ecology Program

The Fire Ecology Program of Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy (Tallahassee, Florida) is seeking a field plant ecologist for a two-year grant-funded position.  The purpose of the project is to determine the effects of time since restoration of pine savanna on plant species composition, soil characteristics, and associated ecosystem services.

Qualifications:      

  • Master’s degree completed in biology, forestry, wildlife, natural resources, or related field preferred, Bachelor’s degree completed in similar fields considered,
  • plant identification skills and eagerness to learn a large number of new plants,
  • confidence in data management and analysis using basic statistics,
  • ability and desire to independently write manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication under guidance of the supervisor,
  • experience with GIS and GPS preferred,
  • willing to work full days in harsh (hot, humid, buggy) outdoor conditions in Florida and Georgia, and
  • strong organizational skills and confidence in supervising interns.

Duties under supervision of PIs:

  • Identify all vascular plant species within upland plots in northern Florida and southern Georgia,
  • sample and assist with identification of bee species as part of a pollinator census,
  • collect and process soil samples,
  • measure forest stand characteristics,
  • use GIS and GPS to identify and navigate to plot locations,
  • manage and analyze data, and
  • take a lead role in preparing manuscripts for publication.

Salary and benefits: $32,000 per year with health insurance and retirement payments.

To apply: Submit by e-mail with a cover letter describing the reason for your interest in the position, provide copy of current resume/CV, college transcripts (if graduated within the past 5 years), a writing sample (publication, thesis chapter, etc.), and contact information for three (3) references, including name, affiliation, email address, and phone number to: Kevin Robertson, PhD, Fire Ecology Program Director, krobertson@ttrs.org.

Application deadline: March 10, 2017, with the goal of starting the position in April 2017.

Tall Timbers Research, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

Kevin M. Robertson, Ph.D.
Fire Ecology Program Director
Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy
13093 Henry Beadel Drive │Tallahassee, FL 32312-0918
Krobertson@ttrs.orgwww.talltimbers.org
(850) 893-4153│Fax: (850) 668-7781


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.

Qualifications:

      • 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.


Game Bird Lab – Bachman’s sparrow Intern

The majority of the fieldwork for this position will be nest searching, banding, and re-sighting surveys for Bachman’s sparrows. However, because the Bachman’s sparrow work is part of a larger study on predator-prey dynamics, this position will also involve small mammal trapping (approx. 10 days throughout the summer), hawk and owl surveys, and may include occasional help with snake mark-recapture. The study also includes video-monitoring of nests, and the person in this position will help with maintaining video equipment, changing batteries, and reviewing video. Experience using behavioral cues to find songbird nests and experience mist-netting/banding songbirds is strongly preferred for this position.

Fieldwork will begin in April 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. You’ll have a room to yourself in a house that is on property. The house was recently renovated, has a full kitchen, washer/dryer, and scenic views. The research station next door has office space with WiFi, library facilities, and many wildlife professionals for professional networking opportunities. A personal vehicle is not required but recommended for trips to grocery stores or any recreational trips when not working.

Qualifications:

      • Experience nest searching
      • Ability to read and distinguish color bands
      • Ability to identify songbirds in southeastern open pine habitat by sight and sound
      • S. in wildlife related field
      • 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 kristen.malone@ufl.edu.


Northern Bobwhite Research Internship

Northern 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).

Dr. Theron Terhune
Tall Timbers Research Station
13093 Henry Beadel Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32312

Email Theron Terhune

(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 $225 per week. Limited on-site housing is available at no cost to full-time interns; a $50 deposit is required. 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 and are filled as appropriate candidates are found.

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