Seasonal Field Technician Positions Available in Juno Beach, FL

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Background Information: Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) is a private non-profit organization located along one of the most important and heavily nested beaches in the United States. Each season, between 6,000-13,000 nests from loggerhead, green and leatherback turtles are recorded. The center is seeking Seasonal Field Technicians to assist in the sea turtle nesting surveys for 9.5 miles of beach in North Palm Beach County. Visit www.marinelife.org for more information.

Location: Juno Beach, Florida

Time Period: There will be 6 technician positions available. Two positions will be from March 1 – September 30. Four positions will be available from May 1-September 30 (starting and end dates are flexible for second session).

Job Description: Technicians will conduct daily beach surveys starting at sunrise (arriving at work as early at 4:30 AM). Surveys will be conducted on an ATV to identify and record sea turtle nesting activity and identify each crawl to species and crawl type. Technicians will locate the egg chamber and mark nests for evaluation.  Marked nests will be monitored daily by technicians.  Nest excavations will be conducted as needed. Technicians will document all sea turtle strandings and disorientations within the survey area.  All data will be entered into a hand-held DGPS unit and onto paper data sheets.  Once field work is complete data entry at the office will be required. Technicians are also responsible for basic ATV care including cleaning and fueling. The number of work hours will vary over the course of the summer and will range from 20-40 hours per week. The seasonal technicians will be paid $8-12 an hour depending on experience and education. Housing and benefits are not provided. 
Qualifications: Current undergraduate or recent graduate with a Biological Science related degree. Applicant must be in good physical condition with the ability to work outdoors under adverse conditions for up to 8 hours (humidity, rain, heat and direct sunlight). Technician must have strong communication skills, including the ability to interact with the public. Technician must be competent working alone and with others; collaborative personality is critical. Candidate should possess problem solving abilities; have the desire to learn and be detail oriented. Competence with data entry and verification is preferred. Must be a citizen of the United States and possess a valid driver’s license. Additional preferred skills include: Experience collecting field data quickly and accurately (especially with a Trimble GPS), experience operating ATV, and experience with sea turtle nest monitoring or surveying.
Application Deadline for March positions is February 10, 2014.
Application Deadline for May positions is April 1, 2014.

To Apply:
Send a resume, cover letter (including dates of availability), and two letters of recommendation to: Adrienne McCracken, amccracken@marinelife.org

or mail application materials to:
Loggerhead Marinelife Center
c/o Research Department
14200 US Highway One
Juno Beach, Florida. 33408
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