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Fire Ecology Field Technician

Position description

The Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Program (https://talltimbers.org/fire-ecology-program/) is looking to hire a full-time position for a one-year appointment beginning as soon as possible. The position is on-site as the duties will involve both local field work in the Red Hills Region of northern Florida and southern Georgia and travel to other states the southeastern U.S. The position provides the field work component of a remote sensing project aimed at improving methods of mapping fire-maintained native pine communities in the southeastern U.S. Coastal Plain in locations ranging from North Carolina to Louisiana. Field work will involve determining the on-the-ground conditions at point locations to train and validate remote sensing analyses. Work will also involve management and analysis of GPS and GIS data in collaboration with a Tall Timbers geospatial analyst and will include other field, lab, and office work as needed. The position provides the opportunity to co-author peer-reviewed publications stemming from the research. The selected applicant will be employed by Tall Timbers Research, Inc. and based out of Tall Timbers Research Station in Tallahassee, FL. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship. There is the possibility of extending the position beyond one year upon obtaining further funding.

Salary and benefits

Salary for the position will be $55,000 annually. Health care and dental insurance are mostly covered.


The position will be supervised by Dr. Kevin Robertson, Fire Ecology Program Director, krobertson@talltimbers.org.  

Position responsibilities

  • Conduct field work in the Red Hills Region of northern Florida and southern Georgia and in multiple states from North Carolina to Louisiana to observe on-the-ground conditions to validate remote sensing analyses. Work will require learning plant identification and having a basic understanding of southeastern U.S. natural communities and their fire ecology.
  • Assist with data management and analysis.
  • Assist with composition and editing of papers for peer-reviewed publication.
  • Assist with related research projects in the Fire Ecology Program, which may include vegetation mapping, GIS analysis, prescribed burning, and other duties as assigned.
  • Assist with mentorship, training, and supervision of undergraduate student researchers.
  • Participate in occasional Tall Timbers service and outreach activities.

Desired qualifications

  • Masters degree (preferred) in biology, ecology, forestry, wildlife, environmental studies, or related field. We will consider excellent candidates with a bachelor’s degree.
  • Work experience in field research and willingness to work under strenuous outdoor conditions of the southeastern U.S.
  • Willingness to travel independently to remote field sites including overnight trips
  • Technical writing skills
  • Proficiency in basic data management and word processing software, with R programming skills desired
  • Experience in mentoring and supervising undergraduate student researchers.

To Apply:

Email a cover letter expressing your interest in the position, curriculum vitae, college transcripts, and contact information for three professional references to krobertson@talltimbers.org. The deadline to apply is July 31, although we will consider extending the deadline as needed to hire an appropriate candidate. Any questions about the position or application process should be directed to Kevin Robertson at krobertson@talltimbers.org.

About Tall Timbers

The mission of Tall Timbers is to foster exemplary land stewardship through research, conservation, and education. Our primary research focus is the ecology and management of fire-dependent ecosystems and wildlife with a focus on the southeastern U.S. Coastal Plain. Tall Timbers Research Station has 4,000 acres (1,600 hectares) of land as well as 9,000 acres (3,600 acres) at Livingston Place an hour’s drive away from the main station where field studies can be conducted. Tall Timbers Research Station is located approximately equidistant among the cities of Tallahassee, FL (pop. 200,000), Thomasville, GA (pop. 19,000), and Cairo, GA (pop. 10,000). Tallahassee is home to the Florida state government, Florida State University, Florida A&M University, and Tallahassee Community College.

Tall Timbers is a committed equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, and rejects racism, prejudice, discrimination or hate toward any race, ethnicity, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, national origin, veteran status, socioeconomic class, religion, or professional status. We strongly encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups and those that add to and engage the local communities.


Avian Research Technician
Area of Specialization: Pine savanna species

The Stoddard Bird Lab of Tall Timbers Research Station is recruiting a full-time Research Technician II to assist in Red-cockaded Woodpecker translocation and Bachman Sparrow monitoring at sites across the Red Hills Region of Florida and Georgia. The research will investigate patterns of occurrence and translocation success of birds in pine savanna ecosystems. The findings are expected to offer insight into whether restoration of fragmented private lands should be prioritized by proximity to fire-maintained habitat. The incumbent will be supervised by Dr. Kate Richardson and work closely with Research Biologist, Rob Meyer. The position is funded for 5 months, with additional support possible based on performance. On-site shared housing is available at no cost.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The candidate is primarily responsible for collecting field data and data management, but there will be the opportunity to contribute to manuscripts. Additionally, the candidate will assist in project coordination, including administration and supervision of interns.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Completion of at least 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework and knowledge of the scientific principles of avian biology, ecology, and conservation.
  • Candidate should be highly motivated and organized with the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Candidate has (or must have the proclivity to develop) the following skills: point count surveys, behavioral observations, and geodatabase management.
  • The successful candidate maintains a positive, professional demeanor and effectively communicates with private landowners and Tall Timbers staff. Valid driver’s license and clean driving record required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A completed bachelor’s degree in a biological science and interest in statistical analyses and scientific writing.
  • The candidate should have previous field work and data management experience.
  • Experience handling and banding birds is preferred.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

  • Ability to perform routine office work and fieldwork in inclement weather under strenuous conditions in southeastern climates during the summer, including occasional long hours and weekends.
  • Willingness to climb ladders.
  • Ability to drive a 4WD truck daily and long distances among locations within the Red Hills Region.

Contact: Kate Richardson, krichardson@talltimbers.org
Contact Phone: 850-868-1011
Position Start Date: 05-01-2024 (negotiable but earlier preferred)
Duration: 5 Month
Salary: $18 per hour plus on-site housing
Work Location: Based out of Tall Timbers, Tallahassee, FL (spring and summer).
Benefits: On-site housing, health and dental insurance coverage is available.

How to Apply:
Please email a single pdf to Kate Richardson (krichardson@talltimbers.org) that includes (1) a cover letter that explains your interest in the position, relevant skills and experience, (2) an up-to-date resume, and (3) at least three professional references. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and the position will be filled as the appropriate candidate is found.

About Tall Timbers
Tall Timbers, a 4,000 acre site founded in 1958, is located in Tallahassee, Florida. Research at Tall Timbers is focused on fire ecology, vertebrate ecology, Northern bobwhite ecology, and applications of fire modeling and training to meet next-generation fire management needs. Tall Timbers also owns and manages the 9,100 acre Livingston Place, near Monticello, Florida. Both sites are frequently burned and have a diversity of ecosystems where fire is a dominant ecological process. More information on Tall Timbers can be found here: www.talltimbers.org

Workplace Environment and Commitments to Diversity:
Tall Timbers has a commitment as an equal opportunity employer, and rejects racism, prejudice, discrimination or hate toward any race, ethnicity, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, national origin, veteran status, socioeconomic class, religion, or professional status. We strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups and those that add to and engage the local communities.





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 property 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, or emailed to LivingstonPlace@talltimbers.org.

Fire Ecology 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. Our research focus includes effects of fire regime on plant communities, soil chemistry and carbon sequestration, long-term pine and hardwood forest dynamics, and natural history of the southeastern U.S. Coastal Plain and Red Hills Region.


Most internships last 8-16 weeks and are largely fieldwork based but include some lab and computer work. Specific activities vary from year to year.

Summer interns(May-August): Summer interns are usually focused on fieldwork in pine savannas 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 conduct prescribed burns. Fall interns (October-December): Every even year we hire fall interns. Fall interns are focused on measuring trees for a long-term census in an old-growth beech magnolia forest and a shortleaf pine-oak-hickory upland community.

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. Interns also typically have educational experiences, including an intern exchange with other regional research and conservation organizations, and opportunities assist with research in other programs at Tall Timbers.


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.


Internships are technically unpaid but provide a stipend of $295 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).


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

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

Fire Science Applications Internships
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