Florida softshell turtle, Apalone ferox, photo by J.D. Willson

Alligator and Crocodile Biologist

University of Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Closing Date
31 March 2018

The University of Florida, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, Davie, Florida (the Croc Docs) is seeking a an enthusiastic individual who will work with scientists from the University of Florida as well as managers from state and federal agencies. Primary duties include spotlight surveys and captures of American alligators and American crocodiles, boat and vehicle maintenance, and data management. The salary is $14-18/hour, commensurate with experience. The start date is as soon as ideal candidate is identified and available.

The successful candidate may be required to assist with other active projects. Biologist will be expected to work 40 hours a week, including nights, and must commit to at least one year of work. Position may be extended depending on performance and funding. To learn about our lab and current projects, please visit our website (http://crocdoc.ifas.ufl.edu) or facebook page (www.facebook.com/theCrocDocs).

Required Qualifications:

  • Possess degree in ecology, biology, wildlife, environmental science, or related field'
  • Knowledge of Florida's ecosystems as well as native and nonnative herpetofauna'
  • Excellent communication skills and accurate data recording'
  • Possession or ability to obtain a valid Florida driver's license'
  • Experience navigating off-trail with aid of GPS and compass'
  • Experience operating vehicles with 4WD.

Preferred Skills:

  • Prior experience with crocodilians preferred;
  • Maintain work quality and positive attitude in challenging, muddy, rocky, remote settings in hot and humid weather with biting insects, large reptiles, and venomous snakes;
  • Experience operating and maintaining airboats, small skiffs, jon boats, kayaks;
  • Experience using and downloading data from Garmin GPS devices;
  • Ability to work independently and with others in a fast-paced environment;
  • Experience identifying herpetofauna present in southern Florida;
  • First aid/CPR training is helpful but not required.

To Apply:

Please email letter of interest, resume or CV, and names and contact information for three references Mike Rochford at thecrocdocs [at] gmail.com and use subject heading “Alligator & Crocodile Biologist.”  

The closing date is March 31, 2018. 

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