Welcome to Tall Timbers

Employment

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Position Description and Responsibilities
1. Serve as primary receptionist for the organization including greeting visitors and answering
phones.
2. Assist staff with copying, faxing, mailing and other office related needs.
3. Provides assistance to the Facilities Director as needed with day to day activities.
4. Assists with coordination of facilities and maintenance requests including:

  • Housing, lodging and barn maintenance and inspections
  • Monthly reports to Facilities Director of needs and repairs
  • Contacting and scheduling contractors to complete approved work
  • Develop inspection log of buildings and houses to ensure proper safety and
    maintenance.

5. Facilitate and maintain schedules for:

  • Heating/cooling systems inspections and maintenance (schedule monthly
    cleaning/replacement of all filters, etc.)
  • Pest Control schedule and issue resolution
  • Regular building maintenance such as painting, appliance repair/replacement and other
    building/facilities needs
  • Housing inspections

6. Responsible for processing all out-going mail and distribution of incoming mail for the
station.
7. Responsible for shipping and receiving packages by UPS/FedEx, distribution of incoming
packages and maintaining online accounts for TT.
8. Assists with calendar for housing reservations (including check-in/out checklists) for
visiting interns, scientists, and other guests who require overnight accommodations at Tall
Timbers (Walter Lodge and on campus houses).
9. Provide key security for buildings and administrative vehicles.
10. Ordering office supplies and distribution when orders are delivered.
11. Maintain and order necessary janitorial supplies for all buildings and houses.
12. Maintain necessary supplies for copiers, fax machines and printers such as paper and ink
cartridges.
13. Responsible for main copier, fax machine, postage machine and related office equipment
contracts (working with accounting), ordering supplies and reporting maintenance issues.
14. Assist with registration and information for events such as seminars, field days, and
conferences. Attendance at events as needed.
15. Provide monthly vehicle mileage reports to accounting.
16. Responsible for keeping Wade Research Center main lobby, conference room, copy room,
kitchen areas, critter area, restrooms and hallways clean, organized and stocked at all
times.
17. Responsible for timely mailing of publication orders received by phone or email and
maintaining the publication room.
18. Responsible for providing information and maintaining contracts for rental of Barn, Beadel
House and grounds for private events.
19. Provide assistance to the Development Coordinator with mail outs, large print jobs, filing,
etc. as needed.
20. Other duties as assigned.

Interested parties should email Jennifer Roberts or call 850-893-4153 x228

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Remote Sensor: Quantitative Surface Modeling, Post-Doctoral Research

Tall Timbers’ Wildland Fire Science Program in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Center for Forest Disturbance Science and Northern Research Station, Carbon, Fire, and Carbon Cycle Sciences.

The Wildland Fire Science Program of Tall Timbers Research Station (Tallahassee, FL) in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service is seeking a quantitative remote sensing analyst for a one-year position, with an additional 2 years contingent upon on applicant’s performance and funding. The overall scope of the funded project is to characterize multiscale feedbacks between forest structure, fire behavior and fire effects. The main focus of the position is to build multiscale structural models of forested vegetation in southeastern pinelands by coupling quantitative modeling techniques with terrestrial laser scanning data to link to fire data and fire models.

Location of appointment: The position will be located in Athens, GA, at the USDA Forest Service, Forestry Sciences Laboratory, as part of direct support of grant-funded US Forest Service research led by Dr. E. Louise Loudermilk (Southern Research Station) and Dr. Nicholas Skowronski (Northern Research Station). The position will be administratively supervised by Kevin Hiers at Tall Timbers Research Station.

Minimum Qualifications: (1) Doctoral degree completed in remote sensing, forest ecology, fire ecology, remote sensing, or related field, (2) experience in quantitative surface modeling or related techniques as they apply to vegetation, (3) experience collecting, analyzing, and creatively working with terrestrial laser scanning of forest structure, (4) desired experience or background in fire science, fire ecology, fire or forest management, and/or spatial analysis or spatial statistics, (5) working knowledge with one or more programming languages, such as python or R, (6) ability to independently write manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications, (7) willing to periodically perform field work in inclement weather under strenuous conditions in a southern climate and on active prescribed fire operations, including long hours and weekends, and (8) maintain a valid state driver’s license.

Duties under supervision of PIs: (1) Apply Quantitative Surface Modeling (QSM) techniques to terrestrial laser scans (TLS) of vegetation and fuels with goals to link QSM outputs to measurements of fire dynamics and integrate these data with ongoing fire-atmospheric modeling, (2) process and analyze existing TLS datasets and field data to advance estimation and validation of unique forest structural attributes, such as leaf area, light transmittance, and tree scorch, (3) collect and analyze field data, including TLS, to characterize forest structure and fuels, as well as couple these data with field data, (4) write extensive publications and contribute to project reports, co-production, scientific meetings, and outreach opportunities, (5) work with scientists and collaborators across federal, state, and private agencies, and (6) utilize creativity and ingenuity in their day to day work.

Salary and benefits: $75,000 per year with standard health insurance benefit options provided. This position is currently set for one year that may extended to a total of 3 years, contingent upon funding and performance, which is evaluated annually.

To apply: Submit to J. Kevin Hiers, Wildland Fire Scientist, by email the following:
1. A resume/CV
2. A one-page cover letter describing your qualifications, interests, and career goals
3. Updated academic transcript for any education acquired
4. Full contact information for two or more references from previous employers or educators
5. Photocopy of your driver’s license (we require a clean driver’s record for driving work vehicles).

For inquiries: If you have inquiries about the position, please contact E. Louise Loudermilk, PhD, Research Scientist, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Athens, GA, at eva.l.loudermilk@usda.gov or Nick Skowronski, PhD, Northern Research Station, Morgantown, WV at nicholas.s.skowronski@usda.gov. Do not submit applications to Dr. Loudermilk or Dr. Skowronski.

Application deadline: February 15, 2020 or until position is filled, with the goal of starting the position in late spring of 2020.

 

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; 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