Welcome to Tall Timbers

Employment 

Conservation Biologist

Supervisor: Conservation Coordinator

Location: Tall Timbers • Tallahassee, Florida

Job Classification: Permanent, Full Time

Introduction

Tall Timbers is widely regarded for its scientific research and information in the areas of fire ecology, game bird management, and vertebrate ecology. As an organization, our mission is to foster exemplary land stewardship through research, conservation, and education. Additionally, for almost 60 years, Tall Timbers has worked to better understand the role of fire in southern ecosystems and is a staunch prescribed fire advocate.

The Land Conservancy, a division within Tall Timbers, was established in 1990. Its ongoing goal is to ensure the conservation of natural and cultural resources, along with rural land use traditions, in the Red Hills region and in other strategic areas that promote Tall Timbers’ mission. To date, Tall Timbers has conserved over 145,000 acres with 121 landowners using donated conservation easements, making it one of the largest regional land trusts in the Southeast. By working with landowners, Tall Timbers has saved some of the South’s best remaining longleaf pine savannas, miles of river frontage along the Flint, Ochlockonee, and Aucilla Rivers, miles of scenic canopy roads, and dozens of historic sites. These conservation easements protect critical upland wildlife habitat and wetland ecosystems, which affect the region’s quality of life by providing clean air and water to the residents of south Georgia and north Florida. These conservation easements also perpetuate the traditional rural land uses of sustainable forestry, farming, and recreational hunting. The success of this private land conservation effort is due to the visionary leadership and stewardship ethic of the landowners, strong public support, and the dedication of our staff.

Tall Timbers is a committed land trust that has adopted the Land Trust Alliance’s Standards and Practices. It is also an accredited land trust by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Manage new conservation easement projects, including development of baseline documentation reports, conservation management plans, and legal conservation easements.
  • Support project development of State and Federally funded land conservation programs, such as Florida Forever and Forest Legacy.
  • Provide analysis and expertise for other types of land conservation project needs.
  • Maintain GIS data, perform GIS analyses, create maps, and provide guidance on data collection applications as needed by the Land Conservancy and Tall Timbers.
  • Assist with annual monitoring and stewardship of conservation easements and other conservation properties following Tall Timbers’ policies and procedures.
  • 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.
  • Work closely with the Records Manager to ensure all stewardship and land conservation records are collected and properly stored following recordkeeping policies and procedures.
  • Pursue grants and other funding sources to support conservation and exemplary land stewardship on conservation easement properties.
  • Contribute to Tall Timbers community outreach, including its website and other public relations and educational materials.
  • Assist in the day-to-day management of the Land Conservancy, including performing necessary administrative tasks and public information requests.
  • Assist in the overall work of the Land Conservancy and Tall Timbers as appropriate and as requested by the Conservation Coordinator and Director.

Qualifications and Experience

  • 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.
  • An understanding of conservation easements and a willingness to expand personal knowledge of the topic.
  • Good writing skills with the ability to effectively develop baseline documentation reports, conservation management plans, landowner correspondence, stewardship documents, technical papers, popular articles, social media posts, and other writings as assigned.
  • Proficiency in GIS, ArcGIS, and other related applications is required.
  • An understanding of Southeastern ecosystems, flora, and fauna.
  • Working knowledge of common land management practices, including prescribed fire and forestry techniques utilized in the Southeast.
  • Preference for a prescribed burner with certification in Georgia or Florida.
  • The ability to work independently with excellent time management skills and able to manage multiple ongoing activities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to listen to, effectively present information to, and communicate with landowners, land managers, foresters, Board and Committee members, and other staff.
  • Preference for the ability to use ATVs and 4-wheel drive trucks, and to handle off-road conditions.
  • Must have a philosophical agreement with consumptive and sustainable uses of wildlife and forest resources. An active outdoors person and/or hunter is preferred.
  • 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.
  • A passion and desire to be a resident of the Greater Red Hills Region.
  • APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A CLEAN DRIVING RECORD.

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary range: $45,000 – $52,000, 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) salary expectations for this job
  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 Inquiries: Shane Wellendorf, Conservation Coordinator

Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy

13093 Henry Beadel Drive

Tallahassee, Florida 32312

Email: Shane Wellendorf

Deadline

Application deadline: March 31, 2021. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, so a prompt submission is recommended. Desired start date: May 2021.

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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

 

Internships

Livingston Place Quail Management Internship

The Livingston Place 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. Livingston Place is a 9,125 acre working quail plantation near Monticello, FL owned and operated by Tall Timbers Research, Inc. Objectives 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 Livingston Place 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 Livingston Place office at 1583 Livingston Road, Greenville, FL 32331. TEL 850.997.1957. Email

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