Field Biologist GEBF – Florida

Position Title: Field Biologist GEBF - Florida
Department: Conservation & Research
Reports To: Project Coordinator
FLSA: Exempt
Revision Date: 09/4/2020
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: 3-year project

Principle Function:

The Field Biologist assists in the evaluation of the Restoration of Species Diversity and Hydrologic Function in Wetlands within the Coastal Dune Lake Watershed 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 and is funded through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).  

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Vegetative monitoring and assessment of the pre and post management treatments at all restoration sites within the project zones to track progress, successes and failures.
  • Conduct vegetation monitoring to evaluate species richness, structure and compositions at regular intervals over approximately 300 acres of targeted restoration area.
  • Rare plant monitoring and tracking
  • Long-term monitoring of outplantings that have and will occur within Deer Lake State Park.
  • Collect and compile data using Trimble Geo 7x GPS unit and post-processed in ArcGIS Pro
  • Organize and utilize collected data for reporting specific project deliverables on a weekly and quarterly basis.
  • Produce maps for sharing with partners at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to facilitate the operational staff in the field and assist with decision making

Qualifications: 

  • 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.
  • Ability to 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, (Power Point, Word, Excel) for data entry, analysis, reporting and presenting.
  • Ability to create presentations and present the project to various groups and interested parties
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • B.S. In Biology, Botany, Ecology, or closely related field. (M.S. preferred)
  • Experience using ArcGIS and Trimble GNSS equipment is preferred.
  • Working knowledge of wetland plants of the Florida Panhandle.
  • Working knowledge of the Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI) habitat descriptions.

Physical Requirements:

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 e-mail resume and cover letter to Careers at careers@atlantabg.org, all files should include applicants last name, document title, and title of the position you are applying for (Smith_Resume_GEBG Field Biologist). Resumes will be reviewed beginning Sept. 30, 2020.