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

Project Manager in Herpetology

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 an individual to manage projects related to invasive and native reptiles and amphibians and long-term monitoring of American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) and American crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) in southern Florida. The start date is flexible.

Research opportunities will build on alligator and crocodile datasets collected over several decades and invasive and native reptile datasets accumulated over the last decade. Incumbent responsible for managing staff of 3-5 biologists, technicians, and interns per project; on-time project deliverables; permitting; and writing proposals, reports, and peer-reviewed publications. Opportunities exist for development of novel research projects. To learn about our lab and current projects, please visit our website (http://crocdoc.ifas.ufl.edu) or facebook page (www.facebook.com/theCrocDocs).

The salary is $20-25/hour, commensurate with experience.


Successful candidate should possess an MSc or PhD in ecology, wildlife biology, conservation biology or related discipline. Incumbent should be comfortable learning and applying hierarchical models of occupancy and abundance, mark-recapture models, and/or population growth models. He or she should be capable in Program R or other statistical modelling software. Familiarity with GIS and databases is a plus.

Successful candidate must be a self-motivated individual with at least one year’s experience managing wildlife research projects and functional knowledge of wildlife research techniques and experimental design. Proficiency in R, Microsoft Access and Excel, and ArcGIS is strongly preferred. Must possess strong organizational skills, encyclopedic knowledge of statistical analyses and related software, and ability to work with other researchers. Experience driving airboats and motorboats desirable.

To Apply:

Please email letter of interest, resume or CV, and names and contact information for three references Dr. Frank Mazzotti at thecrocdocs [at] gmail.com and use subject heading “Research Coordinator.”

The closing date is March 31, 2018. 

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