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Forester

DIVISION:  Research

Term:  12 months with the possibility of extension dependent on funding

Salary: $43,251 – $68,777 per year. Salary commensurate with experience

Expected Start Date:  October 2020

The Wildland Fire Science Program at Tall Timbers is looking for a Forester to assist with forest habitat management planning/implementation, fieldwork and data processing. The Forester will conduct forest habitat inventories and management of priority habitats on St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, as well as, contribute to a cutting-edge forest monitoring project linking terrestrial LiDAR to forestry, fuels and ecology.

The multi-disciplinary program at Tall Timbers is dedicated to integrating research into land management applications. This forest habitat management position will be located at St. Marks NWR, south of Tallahassee, Fla., and may require possible travel to other locations. The ideal candidate will have a degree in forestry along with expertise in GIS, geography, or fire ecology. We are seeking candidates looking for experience in forestry, natural resources, wildland fire, fluid dynamics or environmental sciences. Knowledge of ecological forestry, LiDAR characterizations of ecosystems, wildland fire and/or forestry practices are desired.

Job Purpose: The position is intended to support forest management and research projects as needed. Field work will consist of collecting forest inventory and geospatial data, maintain long-term experimental plots, marking timber, sample vegetation and timber sale administration.  Office work will aid forest management planning and research by entering data, ensuring accuracy, and processing raw data.

Duties: The forester will work under the supervision of the Wildland Fire Lab Manager for LiDAR and administrative support. The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service will provide daily on-the-ground oversight and support for forest management activities. Incumbent must be able to collect accurate, detailed data in challenging field conditions.

Incumbent will be required to:

  • Use data loggers to collect forest inventory data
  • Conduct timber cruising & marking
  • Participates in the implementation habitat management plans
  • Develop silvicultural prescriptions & action plans for TSI and reforestation
  • Execute plans for the timber harvest program
  • Conduct daily supervision and support for seasonal forestry interns
  • Collect fuels and species data
  • Use terrestrial LiDAR scanners
  • Monitor and maintain long-term plots
  • Properly manage datasets
  • Prepare LiDAR data

Additional duties will include equipment maintenance, field surveys, data entry and any other duties as assigned. The successful applicant should be detail oriented, dedicated to completing tasks on time and with a high degree of accuracy. The incumbent should expect opportunities to acquire new skills and knowledge.

Qualifications:

Required:

Bachelor’s degree in Forestry or BS in natural resources along with appropriate credits to meet Society of American Foresters Certified Forester standards.

Experience with forestry field techniques

Ability to work in harsh (hot, humid, buggy) conditions in the southeastern U.S.

Physically able to perform outdoor activities including hiking and lifting equipment (50 lbs.)

Communication and organizational skills

Clean driving record (3 years of no infractions)

Preferred:

3-5 years experience directly related to forestry, wildland fire, natural resource management

GPS/GIS skills

Wildland fire or prescribed fire experience (current fire qualifications a plus: FF Type II)

Experience operating 4WD vehicles

Working knowledge of terrestrial LiDAR

Experience managing large datasets

Applicants will be evaluated based on experiences and satisfactory references regarding work habits, professionalism, attitude, and physical fitness, as work is often strenuous and conducted in difficult hot humid weather conditions around biting insects and venomous snakes. We encourage applicants of varying backgrounds to apply.

Deadline: Job is open until filled

Early consideration by 10/17/2020

To apply, please submit:

  • A resume
  • A 1-page cover letter describing your qualifications, interests, and career goals.
  • Unofficial academic transcript for any education acquired.
  • Full contact information for three (3) references from previous employers or educators.
  • Photocopy of your driver’s license (we require a clean driver’s record for driving work vehicles).

For questions or to apply, email:

Scott Pokswinski

Wildland Fire Science Biologist/Lab manager

spokswinski@talltimbers.org

Tall Timbers

13093 Henry Beadel Road

Tallahassee, FL 32312

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Conservation Technician Position

Supervisor: Conservation Coordinator

Location: Tall Timbers • Tallahassee, Florida

Job Classification: Temporary (12-16 weeks), full-time or part-time

  • 1 – Summer position available (May – August)
  • 1 – Autumn position available (September – December)

Duties

The Land Conservancy is seeking individuals to assist with a broad array of duties including: biological surveys, wildlife species monitoring, GIS work and map editing, annual conservation easement monitoring visits, landowner requests, records management, report writing, community outreach, and policy analysis.  The responsibilities of the position will be tailored to best fit the interests and qualifications of the selected applicant.

Qualifications

Applicants should be college students or recent graduates in natural resources, environmental science/studies, wildlife ecology, urban/regional planning, environmental law or related field.  Individuals need a valid driver’s license and must have a good driving record.

Compensation: $10/hour

Application

  1. Cover letter including 1) your interest in the position, 2) unique qualifications not evident in your resume, 3) your career aspirations, and 4) position applying for and estimated start and end dates.
  2. Resume
  3. Contact information for 3 or more professional references
  4. A writing sample, report, article, website, blog, or other media that highlights your writing abilities and/or career interests.

Email all documents as PDF files to Shane Wellendorf 

Position Inquires:

Shane Wellendorf, Conservation Coordinator
Tall Timbers
13093 Henry Beadel Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32312
850.508.5440

Deadline:
Summer position (May – August): Open until filled.

Autumn position (September – December): Open until filled.

We recommend applying promptly.  Start Date is flexible, but a commitment of 12-16 weeks is preferred

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Internships

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, Inc. 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 pickup 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 8509971957. Email Dixie

Northern Bobwhite Research Internship

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).

Kyle Magdziuk
Tall Timbers Research Station
13093 Henry Beadel Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32312

Email Kyle Magdziuk

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

Stoddard Bird Lab Internships
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.

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

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 ecology and 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.

Duties:
Most internships last 8-16 weeks and are largely fieldwork based. Specific activities vary from year to year.

  • Summer interns (May-August): Summer interns are usually focused on fieldwork in pine grasslands, with emphasis on identifying, measuring, and collecting plants to characterize changes in vegetation in response to fire regime or land-use history. Summer interns also often help with prescribed burns and collect associated fire effects and fire behavior data.
  • Fall interns (October-December): Every other year we hire fall interns. Fall interns are focused on measuring trees for a long-term census in an old-growth beech magnolia forest.

In addition to the above tasks, interns may also help with mapping burned areas with a GPS unit, entering and processing data using database and GIS software, entering data in Excel or Access, collecting and processing soil samples, adding information to a database on local native plants, and drying and weighing fuels.

Qualifications:
Applicants should be college students or recent graduates in biology, wildlife, forestry, natural resources, environmental studies/science, 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, although exceptions are sometimes made. We encourage students of varying backgrounds to apply. Deaf and hard-of-hearing applicants are welcome.

Compensation:
Internships are technically unpaid but provide a stipend of $230 per week. Limited on-site housing is available at no cost to full-time interns. For interns that commute, some compensation is provided. Interns will be expected to work full 8 hour days (8-4:30, with a half hour lunch).

Deadlines:
Summer internships: Review of applications begins March 1 each year and are filled as appropriate candidates are found.

Fall internships: Review of applications begins August 1 each year and positions are filled as appropriate candidates are found.  The internships run for about two months, beginning around mid September.

To apply, please submit:

  • A resume
  • A 1-2 pg. cover letter describing your qualifications, interests, and how you expect the experience to benefit your career. At the end of the cover letter, please be sure to state the beginning and ending date of your availability and note whether or not you require housing on station.
  • 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 (we require no points on the driver’s record for driving work vehicles).

Email application materials to: Cinnamon Dixon

Cinnamon Dixon, Fire Ecologist
Tall Timbers
13093 Henry Beadel Road
Tallahassee, FL 32312