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Conservation Stewardship Coordinator 

Supervisor: Conservation Coordinator

Location:  Tall Timbers • Tallahassee, Florida

Job Classification:  Permanent, Full Time

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 adequately stored following record keeping 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 the 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 outreach 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 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 trucksInquiries 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: $50,000 – $60,000, depending on experience.
  • Benefits include health and dental insurance, retirement, paid vacation and sick leave

Application

  1. Cover letter including: 1) your interest in the position, 2) your opinion on why you are qualified for the job, and 3) additional details on your experience that is not revealed in your resume.
  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 Shane Wellendorf .  

Position Inquires:

Shane Wellendorf, Conservation Coordinator

Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy

13093 Henry Beadel Drive

Tallahassee, Florida 32312

Email: Shane Wellendorf

Deadline:

Application deadline: November 15, 2019. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, so a prompt submission is recommended. Desired start date: January 2020

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Wildland Fire Science — Hourly Technician

DIVISION:  Research
Term:  1-5 years
Expected Start Date:  October 2019

The Wildland Fire Science Program at Tall Timbers is looking for a Fire Science technician to assist with fieldwork and data processing. The technician will contribute to a variety of field projects including: fuel monitoring, plant phenology, and maintenance of a long-term experimental plot.

The multi-disciplinary program at Tall Timbers is dedicated to integrating research into management applications. This research position will be located on and around Tall Timbers Tallahassee, FL, and require periods of travel primarily throughout the eastern United States, with possible travel to other regions of the United States.  The ideal candidate will have a degree in GIS, geography, forestry, or fire ecology. We are seeking candidates looking for experience in natural resources, wildland fire, fluid dynamics or environmental sciences. Knowledge of Lidar characterizations of ecosystems, wildland fire and/or forestry practices are desired.

Job Purpose: The position is intended to support research and projects as needed. Field work will be required to maintain long-term experimental plots, sample vegetation, and facilitate the collection of geospatial data. Office work will aid research by entering data, ensuring accuracy, and processing raw data.

Duties: The technician will work under the supervision of the Wildland Fire Lab Manager. Incumbent must be able to collect accurate, detailed data in challenging field conditions.  Incumbent will be required to:

  • Evaluate fuels before and after burns
  • Support prescribed burns
  • Monitor and maintain long-term plots
  • Weigh fuel samples
  • Properly manage datasets
  • Prepare LiDAR data

Additional duties will include equipment maintenance, lab organization, data entry and any other duties as assigned. Travel to various field sites will be required, with some trips extending into a week or longer. 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.

QUALIFACTIONS

Required:

  • High school diploma
  • Ability to work in harsh (hot, humid, buggy) conditions in the southeastern U.S.
  • Interest in a career in natural resources/wildland fire
  • 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:

  • GPS/GIS skills
  • BS in a related field
  • Wildland fire or prescribed fire experience (current fire qualifications a plus: FF Type II)
  • Experience operating 4WD vehicles
  • Experience driving with trailers
  • ATV safety training

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 weather conditions around biting insects, venomous snakes and in areas used for military training. We encourage applicants of varying backgrounds to apply.

Compensation: $11-13 per hour, possible supplemented housing for the first 6 months, supplemented healthcare.

Deadline: Job is open until filled

Early consideration by 9/17/2019

To apply, please submit:

A resume

A 1-page cover letter describing your qualifications, interests, and career goals.

Updated 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

Tall Timbers

13093 Henry Beadel Road

Tallahassee, FL 32312

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Remote Sensing Specialist

Tall Timbers Geospatial Center
Position Responsibilities
  • Apply GIS and remote sensing principles and methods to analyze data and solve geospatial problems for
    projects involving natural resources.
  • Analyze image data primarily acquired from Landsat, using statistical analysis software, image analysis
    software, or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) such as ArcGIS, ERDAS, ENVI, GDAL and Python to
    evaluate and analyze data obtained from remote sensing systems.
  • Document and develop results from both basic and applied scientific and technical research for use in
    technical reports and publications.
  • Work on variety of projects in support of Geospatial Center at Tall Timbers
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Remote Sensing, GIS, Remote Sensing / GIS Integration, GIS Modeling & Simulation, Spatial and
    Biophysical Modeling, Fire Behavior Modeling, Computer Mapping and GIS Applications for Natural
    Resources
  • Experience in Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) collection and processing
  • Programming experience in Python, EML, IDL or similar to automate processes
  • Ability to work across multiple technology disciplines
  • Experience planning and managing GIS projects
  • Strong organizational and data management skills
  • Desire to continue learning in the fields of remote sensing, spatial analysis and conservation science
Minimum Training and Experience
  • BS in remote sensing, geospatial science, GIS or physical science or similar with specific coursework
    or relevant work experience in remote sensing, image processing, GIS, geography, forestry ecology of
    fire behavior; This position requires: 1) Professional knowledge of the theories, principles, concepts,
    practices, standards, and methods of geography and natural resources to assume duties related to
    the analysis of relationships between various natural resources, and apply established geospatial
    analysis processes, protocols and solutions to support project objectives; 2) Knowledge of geospatial
    technology (e.g., ArcGIS; image processing; remote sensing) sufficient to apply established methods
    and procedures; 3) Skill in programming languages used for data analysis and processing (e.g., Python,
    Matlab, R, GDAL); 4) Knowledge of cartographic principles and conventions sufficient to create maps
    for internal and external use displaying natural resource data, highlight particular analysis results, and
    convey basic geospatial information. and network equipment.
  • Ability to document and convey technical information to technical and non-technical users in written
    reports and oral presentations.
  • Willingness to learn new concepts and skills.

Reports to GIS/Information Technology Program Director Joe Nobleemail

Application Requirements:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Minimum of 3 professional references with current contact information
  • Current salary or acceptable salary range

** Only email applications and questions about the position. No phone calls please.

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Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Fire Science

DIVISION:  Research
OVERSIGHT:   Wildland Fire Scientist

Tall Timbers Wildland Fire Science Program has received Department of Defense funding from the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program to characterize multiscale feedbacks between forest structure, fire behavior and fire effects. This work seeks to advance more mechanistic predictions of fire effects through the application and advancement of coupled fire-atmospheric modeling to empirical study of surface fire regimes. The project is field-intensive and includes intensive fire-line experimentation campaigns using a variety of spatial and temporal monitoring techniques. This post-doctoral fellowship has up to 3.5 years of funding to lead integration efforts of multidisciplinary empirical fire behavior and forest measurements. The position will oversee data management, analysis, and data integration of 3D fuel characterization, fire behavior, fire effects, and 3D flows. The position will also facilitate the transfer of pre- and post-burn datasets to fire behavior modeling teams at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Colorado State University. The incumbent will play a key role in advancing our understanding of heat transfer to vegetation during fire and in improving post fire effects prediction. Primary duties are to assist the Wildland Fire Scientist and project collaborators with implementation of the study plan, help supervise field data acquisition, facilitate data transfer among participating organizations, and lead spatially explicit analysis of energy transfer and resulting fire effects. Other duties range from publication writing and preparation for submission to peer-reviewed journals, administering project management software, budget reporting, and student advisement.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. (50%) Manage research grant and project deliverables

Coordinate data acquisition, QA/QC, data management, archiving and dissemination by maintaining fire, fuels, fluid-flow and fire effects datasets.

Use project management software to outline, document and coordinate research activities associated with program grants and projects.

Assist in the development of reports for all projects and grant deliverables, and facilitate Accounting Office timely reporting of grant reports.

 2. (30%) Coordinate data analysis and publication of research results

Coordinate with scientist and Co-Is on data analysis and publication.

Assist graduate students with the final publication of theses and dissertation chapters as needed.

Lead preparation of one peer-reviewed paper per year and support 2-3 additional manuscripts annually from project team as co-author.

3. (15%) Pursuit of complementary research

Assess and pursue complementary lines of research and advance fire ecology, fire science, advanced fire measurements, or the integration of disciplines.

4. (5%) Other duties as assigned

Assist with Tall Timbers co-production transition plan under SERDP grant.

Attend IPR and SERDP Symposium to present research results as required.

Participate on graduate student committee.

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

PhD degree in ecology, fire science, forestry, fire ecology, fire behavior, or related field. Candidate should be highly motivated with the ability to work independently and in teams. The successful candidate should have knowledge of and experience with forest landscapes in the Eastern United States, fire ecology, fire behavior, statistical analyses, and scientific writing, as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals. They should also have skills related to: complex data management, vegetation or fuel surveys, measuring fire behavior or fire effects in forested ecosystems. Valid state driver’s license required. Candidate should have the ability to perform routine office work and fieldwork in inclement weather under strenuous conditions in a southern climate and on active prescribed fire operations, including long hours and weekends.

PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS:

A strong understanding of fire behavior in southeastern pine forests is preferred. Experienced in prescribed fire experimentation. Experience with multivariate statistical analyses, spatial statistics and working knowledge of fire behavior modeling is preferred. Programming experience in Python and R are preferred. National qualification for basic wildland fire (NWCG S-130/S-190) or other fire line operational qualifications are preferred.

Salary Range: Approximately $65,000

To apply, please submit by email to Kevin Hiers, Director of Wildland Fire Science:

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

To apply or for questions, email: Kevin Hiers.

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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).

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
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; 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 (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