Field assistants (2-4), (pending funding) needed mid-March through end of June 2013, to conduct surveys and habitat enhancement for the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow (FGSP) at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, Okeechobee, Florida. The FGSP is a federally endangered species endemic to the dry prairie region of south-central Florida. Kissimmee Prairie Preserve contains the largest remaining remnant of Florida dry prairie and one of the two remaining populations of the sparrow. Primary duties will include conducting annual point counts, presence/absence surveys, tree and invasive plant removal, and fire ant surveys/treatment. The possibility exists to help out with banding, nest searching, and territory mapping (depending upon funding). The possibility exists to assist in prescribed fire operations if qualified.

 

Qualifications include well-developed birding skills, previous field experience with grassland birds, binocular and spotting scope proficiency, GPS and navigation skills, ability to learn aspects of natural area weed management, ability to use chainsaws safely, motivation and strong work ethic, and the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team. Candidates should be proactive about working in typical Florida field conditions which include high heat and humidity, strong sun/UV, isolation, insects, venomous snakes and thunderstorms. Housing will be provided on-site in a small bunkhouse. The Preserve is a great place for those that want to bird south-central Florida, and is located in relative proximity to some great birding locations. Salary is $12/hour, for 30-40 hours per week.

 

If interested, email cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 references as a word attachment by February 8, 2013 to paul.miller@dep.state.fl.us .