Field Biologist GEBF – Florida

Position Title: Field Biologist GEBF - Florida
Department: Conservation & Research
Reports To: Project Coordinator
FLSA: Exempt
Revision Date: 02/12/2019
Location: Walton County, Florida (Office at Grayton Beach State Park)
Project Location: Fieldwork at Deer Lake State Park
Status: Full-time with an end date.
Duration: 4-year project, employment for 1 year with a mutual option to renew annually.

Principle Function:

The Field Biologist will assist in the Restoration of Species Diversity and Hydrologic Function in Wetlands within the Coastal Dune Lake Watershed project of Deer Lake State Park in Walton County, Florida. This project is a joint partnership between Atlanta Botanical Garden and Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Vegetative monitoring and assessment of pre and post management treatments at all restoration sites within the project zones in order to track progress, successes and failures. The monitoring data will be collected and compiled by the incumbent, to verify that the activities associated with this project result in the restoration to the desired historic, herbaceous dominated conditions.
  • Conduct vegetation monitoring to evaluate species richness, structure and compositions at regular intervals over approximately 300 acres of targeted restoration area.
  • Data will be collected using a Trimble Geo 7x GPS unit and compiled using ArcGIS, Avenza Maps, and Microsoft Excel. Collected data will continue to be organized and utilized for reporting specific project deliverables on a weekly and quarterly basis.
  • GIS maps will be produced for sharing with partners at Florida Department of Environmental Protection and to facilitate the operational staff in the field. The data collected and maps produced will also track management needs and applications, which will support partners in decision making abilities.

This job is covered under Task 4 Monitoring (Ecological Component) of the funding agreement.

Deliverables:

To be included in annual reports (lists of species detected and maps of species occurrence, duff breakdown rates, and links to annual monitoring reports completed by our partners).

Qualifications: 

  • B.S. In Biology, Botany, Ecology, or closely related field. (M.S. preferred)
  • Ability to work in extreme environmental and physically demanding conditions with many hazards including heat, humidity, standing water, venomous snakes, stinging insects, and dense vegetation.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment with varied partners, where each member contributes greatly to the total effort.
  • Willingness to learn and receive training from partners and project coordinator to conduct tasks in the safest and most efficient way.
  • Applicant must learn and comply with all safety regulations associated with Atlanta Botanical Garden, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Department of Recreation and Parks.
  • Experience and ability to work efficiently on various Microsoft Office programs, (PowerPoint, Word, Excel) for data entry, analysis, reporting and presenting.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience using ArcGIS and Trimble GNSS equipment is preferred.
  • Working knowledge of wetland plants of north Florida.
  • Working knowledge of the Florida Natural Area habitat descriptions.

Physical Requirements:

  • Limited travel to Atlanta or additional sites may be required.
  • Knowledge of prescribed fire applications within the southeast region.
  • Ability to participate in prescribed fires is preferred.
  • Applicant must hold a current valid driver’s license; reliable personal transportation is preferred.

The above job duties and responsibilities describe the general nature and level of work for employees in this position, but this is not intended as an exclusive or all-inclusive inventory of all duties required of employees in this job.

Please submit a cover letter along with your resume and 3 professional references to careers@atlantabg.org