Recommends and implements safety standards and care for operational use of UF watercraft (outboard and airboat vessels ranging in length from 14ft -26ft) and serves as liaison with USGS for vessels ranging in length from15ft to a 50ft live aboard research pontoon boat. Supervise and train OPS personnel, student interns, graduate students and volunteers.
Directs research and participates in projects with emphasis on the American Crocodile and Alligator, Loggerhead, Green and Hawksbill Sea Turtles, Diamondback Terrapins Argentine Tagus, Nile Monitors, and exotic Burmese Pythons. Prepares and follows grant proposals through submission to Sponsored Programs and to funding agencies. Prepares and monitors project budget for payroll and distribution of funds related to travel, purchasing, and general operations,
Prepares and reviews manuscripts for publication in refereed science journals including Journal of Herpetology, Herpetological Review, Florida Scientist, Florida Naturalist, Conservation Biology and other ecology related journals. Publications will be on topics related to, but limited to crocodilian biology, everglades restoration, ecology, biology and herpetology. In addition, prepares and reviews presentations for local, national and international scientific meetings and workshops on ecosystem restoration and management, herpetology, population ecology of crocodilians and reptiles and general ecology.
Develops methods and techniques for, and evaluates results of experiments and scientific studies on Everglades restoration, American crocodile population ecology and management, American Alligator population ecology, ecology of exotic Burmese Pythons in the Southern Everglades, human dimension studies of peoples perceptions of crocodilians and general ecology related research locally and internationally.
Serve as liaison with government and industry representatives. Participate in development of international crocodilian management training and research programs throughout Caribbean (Jamaica and Cuba) and Central America (Mexico, Belize and Costa Rica).
Master’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization; or a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and two years of appropriate experience.
Experience handling related wildlife (Including crocodiles, alligators, pythons, and other reptiles) and vehicle and airboat/boat operations.
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University of Florida - 9 months ago