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

Alligator and Crocodile Biologist

University of Florida - Croc Docs
Davie, FL
Closing Date
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

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 enthusiastic individuals who will work with scientists from the University of Florida as well as scientists and managers from state and federal agencies. The alligator and crocodile biologist will assist with research and monitoring projects in the Florida Everglades, Jamaica, and Belize. Available positions require a minimum one-year commitment that may be extended depending on performance and funding. Candidate will be expected to work 40 hours a week, including nights and occasional weekends. 

Primary duties include spotlight surveys and captures of American alligators and American crocodiles in the Florida Everglades, radio telemetry, boat and vehicle maintenance, and data management. May be required to assist with other active projects.

Salary is commensurate with experience.


Required Qualifications

  • Possess degree in ecology, biology, wildlife, environmental science, or related field
  • Knowledge of aquatic ecosystems
  • Excellent communication skills and accurate data recording
  • Possession or ability to obtain a valid Florida driver's license
  • Experience navigating off-trail and over water with aid of GPS and compass
  • Experience operating vehicles with 4WD
  • Experience driving boats or airboats
  • Maintain work quality and positive attitude in challenging, muddy, rocky, remote settings in hot and humid weather with lightning, biting insects, large reptiles, venomous snakes, and poisonous plants

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous work with crocodilians
  • Interest in developing quantitative skills, experience in statistical analyses, Program R, GIS, and database management

To Apply

Please email letter of interest, resume or CV, and contact information for three references to Dr. Frank Mazzotti at thecrocdocs [at] gmail.com with the subject heading: “Alligator & Crocodile Biologist”.

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