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Position Notice: Outreach Specialist

Southern Fire Exchange – Tall Timbers Research Station

Start Date: June 7, 2019

Hours/week: 40

Description: 1-year position with the potential for continuation pending funding.  The Outreach Specialist assists with outreach and extension to implement the mission of the Southern Fire Exchange (SFE) (http://www.southernfireexchange.org).  The Outreach Specialist will be responsible for developing innovative and successful fire science outreach and communication programs that support the mission and goals of the Southern Fire Exchange. While the specific Outreach Specialist responsibilities may be adjusted to best align with the skills and strengths of the individual, a selection of the following tasks should be considered representative of the position duties:

  • Co-lead weekly updates to SFE social media programs with content for Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
  • Edit and publish 3-4 SFE fact sheets per year that synthesize scientific literature and research publications, using Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Coordinate several in-person fire science workshops per year in the Southeastern U.S.
  • Support developing and analyzing evaluation data from SFE programs to aid in science delivery planning.
  • Capture and produce high-quality multimedia products to support fire science communication programs (e.g. videos, graphics, infographics, photos, podcasts).
  • Occasionally represent and present SFE materials and resources at regional events (e.g. local natural resource management meetings, public events, conferences and prescribed fire council meetings).
  • Participate in weekly planning web-meetings with a subset of the SFE Leadership Team.
  • Participating in monthly SFE Leadership Team conference calls.
  • Be willing to travel to and attend the annual SFE Leadership Team and Advisory Board planning meeting.
  • Maintaining regular email and phone contact with the rest of the SFE core team.
  • Conduct other duties as assigned to ensure the success of the project. Other duties could include overnight travel to participate in meetings in or out of state.

Qualifications

Candidates are expected to have a bachelor’s degree and preferably a master’s degree in a field relevant to the position.

The successful candidate should have experience and expertise in at least TWO of the following areas:

  1. Organizing and delivering outreach programs and events, including: presentations, workshops, webinars, classes and public events.
  2. Developing and implementing tools for the evaluation of outreach/extension programs. Experience synthesizing and reporting outreach and extension evaluation data.
  3. Experience writing and creating products and documents that synthesize and translate complex scientific literature for technical and non-technical readers (i.e. fact sheets, reports, research syntheses, newsletters, blog posts and social media content).
  4. Graphic design or multimedia experience, that could include: developing factsheets, infographics, posters, videos or podcasts for science communication.

We are particularly interested in candidates with knowledge of wildland fire, fire science, fire ecology, southeastern ecosystems and regional natural resource management techniques.

Location

This position will be hired through Southern Fire Exchange grant funds allocated to Tall Timbers Research Station (TTRS) in Tallahassee, Florida. There exists the potential for the position to be remotely located within the region of responsibility for the Southern Fire Exchange. If the position were to be remotely located, the employee would need to travel to Tall Timbers Research Station occasionally for meetings with SFE and TTRS staff.

Compensation

$35,000 plus benefits offered through Tall Timbers Research Station.

How to Apply

Applications should include a resume/CV and cover letter that specifically addresses at least TWO of the four areas of expertise. Samples of previous work should be included when possible. Please direct questions to David Godwin (d.godwin@southernfireexchange.org).
Deadline for application is Friday, May 3, 2019.

Southern Fire Exchange

Through a collaborative partnership among Tall Timbers Research Station, the University of Florida and North Carolina State University, with funding from the Joint Fire Science Program, SFE develops and administers programs to increase the use and usefulness of wildland fire science in the Southeastern U.S. SFE seeks to bridge the gap between the fire science research and natural resource management communities to make southern wildland fire more effective, efficient and safe. SFE core outreach programs include presentations, webinars, videos, newsletters, factsheets, and in-person training workshops. The SFE Staff and PIs operate very effectively together as a team. Our goal is that everyone completes their responsibilities as independently as possible while, at the same time, maintaining constant communication on planning, progress, and activities.  We also lean on each other for regular assistance with editing publications and outreach communications.

 

Internships

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)

Introduction

The Land Conservancy, a division within Tall Timbers, was established in 1990 to ensure the conservation of natural and cultural resources and rural land-use traditions of the Red Hills region of south Georgia and north Florida and in other strategic areas.  Tall Timbers along with 104 landowners have conserved over 136,000 acres utilizing donated conservation easements, making it one of the largest regional land trusts in the Southeast.  Our conservation easements protect some of the South’s best remaining longleaf pine savannas, miles of river frontage along the Flint, Ochlockonee, and Aucilla Rivers, scenic canopy roads, and historic sites. These conservation easements protect critical upland wildlife habitat and wetland ecosystems that affect the region’s quality of life by providing clean air and water to the residents of south Georgia and north Florida. In addition, these conservation easements perpetuate traditional rural land uses of sustainable forestry, farming, and recreational hunting. Tall Timbers is a committed land trust that has adopted the Land Trust Alliance’s Standards and Practices and is an accredited land trust by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

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 Research Station and Land Conservancy
13093 Henry Beadel Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32312
850.508.5440
Shane Wellendorf 

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.

 

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