Employment Opportunities


Red Hills Awareness Program Manager

Position: Red Hills Awareness Program Manager
Department: Tall Timbers Land Conservancy (TTLC)
Reports to: Tall Timbers Land Conservancy Planning Coordinator

Position Summary  ̶  The Program Manager’s primary responsibility is coordinating all aspects of the Red Hills Awareness Program in support of the Tall Timbers Land Conservancy’s mission to conserve and protect the Red Hills Region of North Florida and Southwest Georgia. The Program Manager will work cooperatively with landowners, business and community leaders, government officials, and the public to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Increase local and regional awareness of the Red Hills Region’s natural, cultural, and historical resources and rural land-use traditions and how these resources benefit the public;
  • Enhance public and private support for protecting and conserving the Red Hills Region;
  • Work with program partners to maintain the Red Hills’ distinctive sense of place.

Position Responsibilities

  • Coordinate all aspects of the Red Hills Awareness Project to achieve the outcomes outlined above;
  • Expand upon established partnerships with key organizations and leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors to further program goals;
  • Identify, plan and implement a range of creative projects, initiatives, and activities to engage the public;
  • Serve as a positive, highly visible, and effective representative of Tall Timbers, conveying our messages of land conservation and research on the ecology and management of fire dependent ecosystems and wildlife to the public;
  • Create a robust social media program and maintain a dynamic website to connect the public to the Red Hills;
  • Recruit, train, and coordinate a volunteer base to help with education and outreach events and expand the reach of the Awareness program;
  • Coordinate the activities of project stakeholder and steering committees;
  • Assist with project fundraising and grantsmanship;
  • Perform other relevant duties as assigned in support of the TTLC’s conservation mission.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • A genuine interest and commitment to Red Hills’ land and resource conservation and preservation of the Region’s distinctive sense of place;
  • Working knowledge of the natural, cultural, and historical environment of the Red Hills Region and its traditional rural land uses;
  • Superior communication skills working with a range of private sector, public sector and not-for-profit partners;
  • Strong writing and editing abilities;
  • Experience working with social media applications and website maintenance;
  • Superior ability to build collaborative partnerships;
  • Ability to make public presentations to diverse audiences in support of the Red Hills Awareness program;
  • Ability to be self-directed, work independently, prioritize workload, meet deadlines and handle multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Excellent writing, speaking, and diplomacy skills;
  • Ability to operate in a Microsoft Office environment.

Minimum Training and Experience ̶ Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, education, ecology, or related field (Master’s degree preferred). A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in one or more of these areas is preferred.

Additional information

Salary and Benefits: Competitive salary. Holiday, vacation, and sick leave. Medical and dental benefits. Opportunities for professional development.

Deadline: Applications accepted until position filled. Desired start date is before the beginning of the 2016 New Year.

For additional information, please contact Neil Fleckenstein at Neil@ttrs.org.

How to apply  ̶  Please email all of the following information to Neil@ttrs.org:

  1. A cover letter explaining your interest and salary requirements;
  2. Resume; and
  3. Two writing samples

Development/Marketing Coordinator

Position: Development/Marketing Coordinator
Department: Development/Marketing
Reports to: Director of Development

Position Summary
The Development/Marketing Coordinator is responsible for all administrative aspects of development, marketing and public relations activities.

Scope and Impact
The Development/Marketing Coordinator plays an important role by providing administrative support to the Development & Marketing Office and by participating in all fundraising activities including donor relations and public relations, direct mail appeals, and special events.

Principle Responsibilities:

  • Process donations and prepare acknowledgement letters and other correspondence.
  • Maintain foundation, corporation and individual donor files.
  • Create monthly fundraising reports and other database reports as needed.
  • Continually update and correct database records.
  • Coordinate productions and mailing of appeal letters.
  • Track tax credit donations in the database and keep a file for each tax credit donor.
  • Send appropriate documentation to process credits to donors.
  • Answer donor questions regarding tax credit programs.
  • Maintain guest lists, gather and prepare registration materials and other duties as assigned for fund-raising events.
  • Handle all administrative details associated with the Board of Directors Development and Communications Committee meetings (i.e. prepare and distribute notices, agendas, minutes, etc.).
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Development and Marketing.

Possible Performance Measures:

  • Number of donations processed and acknowledged within 24 to 48 hours.
  • Success in maintaining accuracy of database records.
  • Accuracy of fundraising reports.
  • Success in coordinating the production of direct mail appeals.
  • Success in maintaining donor hard copy files

Preparation and Knowledge:

  • Associates or bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience preferred in an administrative position, preferably in a not-for-profit development office
  • Proficiency with PC and Microsoft Office Suite, especially Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, required. Database management systems experience –Donor Perfect preferred or similar.
  • Proficiency with digital media tools
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills with the ability to act in a professional manner with donors, trustees, and other constituents
  • High level of discretion in dealing with sensitive and confidential information
  • Ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

This is a full-time position with competitive pay and benefits. Tall Timbers Research, Inc. is an EOE employer.

For full consideration, please submit cover letter and resume to Dale Fuller, dfuller@ttrs.org by December 10th, 2015.

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).

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

Email Theron Terhune

(Electronic submissions/inquires 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.

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 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