Employment Opportunities

Fire Ecologist
Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy, Fire Ecology Program

Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy (Tallahassee, Florida) is seeking a Master’s level ecologist to assist with research in the areas of plant ecology and fire science in southeastern U.S. with an emphasis on pine-grasslands. The Fire Ecologist will work closely with the Fire Ecology Program Director to implement collaborative and independent research in the Fire Ecology Program.

Qualifications:  (1) Master’s degree completed in biology, forestry, wildlife, natural resources, or related field, (2) enthusiastic about conducting independent research and writing articles for publication with assistance from the Fire Ecology Program Director, (3) enjoys plant identification and wants to become proficient in knowledge of local flora, (4) enjoys working in difficult (hot and humid) outdoor conditions, (5) ability to organize and manage a laboratory, (6) comfortable with leadership role in supervising interns and technicians, (7) comfortable with using and maintaining various tools, technology, and equipment, (8) willing to receive training in prescribed burning and to provide leadership on burns, (9) relational database and GIS skills desirable, (10) supportive of land management practices for conservation (prescribed burning, timber thinning, wildlife management, hunting).

Oversight: Fire Ecology Program Director (Kevin Robertson)

Description: This position provides an unusual opportunity to practice professional science at the Master’s degree level. The Fire Ecologist is responsible for assisting the Fire Ecology Program Director in implementing and developing plant ecology and fire science research and providing information and education to the public. Duties will include supervision of existing long-term research projects, assisting development and implementation of new research projects, data management, writing manuscripts, hiring and supervising interns, acquiring and maintaining supplies and equipment, assisting with prescribed burning and other institutional needs, and assisting with extension and education activities. Research interests of the Fire Ecology Program are diverse and include effects of fire regime on natural community composition and structure, landscape fire history, natural community classification, fire and soil nutrient cycling, remote sensing of burn severity, and hardwood forest community ecology. The position includes support to receive annual fire training and other educational experiences, such as attending professional conferences and workshops.

Salary and Benefits: Starting salary (Biologist I level) will be $40,000 annually, with the opportunity for promotion to Biologist II after two years. Benefits include medical, unemployment, and worker’s compensation insurance for the employee, and retirement benefits after one year of employment.

To Apply: Submit by email a 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 references, including name, affiliation, email address, and phone number, to:

Kevin Robertson, PhD
krobertson@ttrs.org
Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy
13093 Henry Beadel Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32312
Office: 850-893-4153 x 254
Mobile: 850-508-5499

Review of applications will begin January 1, 2015 with the goal of starting the position in February, 2015.

Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy was established in 1958 as a non-profit science research and education organization. Its primary goal is to promote exemplary land stewardship on private and public land. Its areas of focus are ecological research, promoting the use and understanding of prescribed fire, wildlife management, sustainable forestry, and conservation through education and conservation easements. Tall Timbers Research, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

Internship Opportunities

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).

Bud Bostick
Tall Timbers Research Station
13093 Henry Beadel Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32312
Email Shane Wellendorf
(Electronic submissions/inquires encouraged, preferably in MS word or in body of message)


Vertebrate Ecology Program 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 Vertebrate Ecology 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
13093 Henry Beadel Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32312
Email Jim Cox
(Electronic submissions/inquires encouraged, preferably in MS word)


Fire Ecology Program Internships

Intern

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 2 months during the summer starting sometime in May, but you may inquire about internships at other times of the year. Review of applications for summer internships begins February 15 and are filled as appropriate candidates are found, so we strongly suggest having application materials in by this date. You may contact Kevin Robertson (contact information below) for more information.

Duties: Specific activities vary from year to year and among interns, but they may include identifying and measuring plants for productivity and fuel consumption, measuring trees for long-term forest censuses, assisting with research prescribed burns and fire behavior measurements, collecting and analyzing soil samples, 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

Intern Meredith Liedy measuring soil bulk density.

Compensation: Internship stipends are $225 per week. Limited housing is available at no cost to full-time interns. Number of days worked per week is negotiable, but interns will be expected to work full 8 hour days.

To Apply: Please send a statement of how you expect the experience to benefit your career and your qualifications for conducting the work, a resume, academic transcript, full contact information for two or more references from previous employers or educators, photocopy of your driver’s license, and a date range and number of hours per week that you will be available. Please note whether or not you require housing on station. Electronic submission is preferable. Send application materials to:

Kevin Robertson
Fire Ecology Research Scientist

Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy
13093 Henry Beadel Road
Tallahassee, FL 32312
krobertson@ttrs.org