Invasive Wildlife Technician

Expected Dates
October 15, 2018 to October 12, 2019
Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Position ID
An invasive wildlife technician position will be offered at Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge (CLNWR) in Key Largo, FL.  This position will work on various land management and research projects within the unique ecosystems of the Upper Florida Keys. Duties consist of tasks common to natural resource management including: wildlife surveys, habitat restoration, inventorying and monitoring of endangered species; and assisting in other wildlife management activities as assigned. This position requires strenuous physical activity that includes exotic plant eradication, small mammal trapping, planting native plants, and conducting field work independently or as a part of a group to support biological programs. In addition to field work, up to 30% of the position’s time may include data entry including use of Access, Excel, and ArcGIS.

Field work will be conducted in many types of habitats including mangrove, tropical hardwood hammock, and disturbed sites.   CLNWR is an ideal site for those looking to start a career in natural resource management or endangered species research because of the many complex conservation challenges.

Job Responsibilities
  • Capture of and radio telemetry of pythons
  • Remote camera monitoring
  • Native plant restoration planting and monitoring success
  • Invasive predator monitoring and control
  • Invasive plant species mapping and control
  • Herp and invasive invertebrate monitoring
  • Assist with crocodile, python, and woodrat research
  • Maintenance of field equipment and supplies
  • Public outreach activities, including participating in special Refuge educational events and volunteer work days
  • Data entry as needed

Required Qualifications

  • Must be a current student or recent graduate in Wildlife Biology, Environmental Science, Natural Resources Management, or a related field
  • Must have an outgoing and positive personality and get along well with others
  • Ability to communicate well with visitors and staff both orally and in writing
  • Ability to work independently on daily tasks and good observational skills
  • Time management and problem solving skills
  • Ability to walk in extreme temperatures for long distances, carry equipment (30 lbs), tolerant of biting insects and aware of nearby poisonous plants
  • Skills in using Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access
  • Schedule flexibility (8 to 12 hours daily) including occasional evening shifts
  • Valid driver’s license

 Recommended Qualifications

  • Experience navigating with and recorded data in ArcGIS/Trimble GPS units
  • Paddling (kayaks and canoes)
  • Key Largo, FL
  • -Potential to participate in DOI Motorboat Operator Certification Course, invasive plant species ID and control classes
  • -Living in a unique sub-tropical environment. Leisurely activities during days off may include kayaking, diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, fishing, photography, hiking,and birding.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Wildlife Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree major or professional experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Data Entry
competent without supervision
Field Research
competent without supervision
competent without supervision
Working with Animals
competent without supervision