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Biological Science Technician with University of Florida Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants in South Florida

Type of position 2 year appointment
Employer University of Florida Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants
Location South Florida
Salary $25/hour
Closing date of competition May 7, 2021
Date position available May 8, 2021
Description of duties

The Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants at the University of Florida is seeking a Biological Science Technician to conduct research on multiple invasive plants in south Florida, including Old World climbing fern, Brazilian peppertree, arrowhead vine, and others. The research will address applied questions on the biology, ecology, and management of these and other species in south and central Florida. This is a grant funded, non-permanent position with a duration of two years.

Location: The home location of the position is somewhat negotiable and may be in south Florida between Fort Pierce and Fort Lauderdale.

Description of duties: The successful applicant will work throughout south and central Florida to coordinate, implement, and manage research studies on multiple invasive plant species on public and private lands. This will include, but is not limited to, uplands, wetlands, swamps, and tree island sites that are often remote and difficult to access. The work environment is a combination of field, mesocosm, and office work but significant time will be spent outdoors in hot, humid, remote areas. Candidate may be required to lift up to 50 lbs. The successful candidate will have airboat experience or be able to pass airboat training within two months of employment. This position will be under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Enloe, Invasive Plant Extension Specialist at the University of Florida, Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, who will design and direct the research program.

Duties will include the following: coordinating access to field sites, establishing research plots, conducting vegetation surveys, mixing and applying herbicide treatments, and collecting, summarizing, and reporting data. Some mesocosm maintenance and work will also be involved. The successful candidate must be meticulous in treatment application and data collection to ensure high quality research that translates into meaningful outcomes for land managers.

Qualifications sought

Required qualifications: A B.S. degree in biology, ecology, botany, natural resource management or a closely related field. The successful candidate must possess good interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills. The ability to work independently in the physically demanding remote environments of south Florida including airboat operation is also essential. Some knowledge of the flora of south Florida and strong plant identification skills are also required.  Knowledge and experience with basic geospatial tools is also essential. The individual must be able to work with a wide variety of stakeholders, be self-motivated and be able to work without close supervision.  Considerable in-state travel in south and Central Florida will be required.

Desired qualifications: An M.S. degree and field research experience in weed science, botany, or ecology is highly preferred. Experience with herbicide application is also highly preferred.

Contact for additional information Stephen Enloe
Application procedure  
Submit what Information required: To apply, please submit the following information to Stephen Enloe by email (sfenloe@ufl.edu): A cover letter indicating your interest in the position, Resume, and the names and contact information of three references. References will be contacted at a later date and no reference letters are initially needed.
Submit to email only: sfenloe@ufl.edu
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