Natural Resource Specialist II
Candidate will work with Virginia Tech to assist with research, monitoring, and management of reticulated flatwoods salamander and other wildlife on Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Position will require working a combination of days/nights in potentially adverse conditions (high heat, cold rain, wind). Responsibilities will include data management and report preparation, monitoring drift fences and conducting dipnet surveys for flatwoods salamanders, restoration work in federally endangered reticulated flatwoods salamander breeding ponds, rearing flatwoods salamander larvae in cattle tanks, and conducting anuran call surveys. Work also requires surveying sites to assess burn success, vegetation surveys, and removing woody vegetation to restore wetland habitats. Candidate must be able to walk several miles in inclement weather over uneven terrain while carrying up to 30 pounds of equipment, be able to work in standing water using hip waders, be able to haul large, awkward brush and cut woody debris weighing up to 50 lbs. for short distances out of wetland basins for up to 8 hrs./day, be able to follow complex protocols while wet, cold, tired, and being bitten by mosquitos at night. Successful applicants will be adaptable, detail-oriented, enthusiastic, comfortable working on an active military base, comfortable working alone and with others at night, and able to work harmoniously with others. Work will begin in June and will continue for at least 9 months and probably through June 2023 with a possibility of extension contingent on funding.
Previous experience working with flatwoods salamanders; experience handling federally threatened or endangered species; experience marking amphibians or reptiles using VIE and PIT tags; excellent organization and communication skills; demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively; valid driver's license.
B.S. in Wildlife Science or related field; training and experience in chainsaw operation; experience identifying plants and removing invasive plants; coursework in statistics or experience with data management; experience running drift fences; experience managing, supervising, or training others; experience working on a military installation, and operating 4WD vehicles.
Commensurate with experience.
May 27, 2022
The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.
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