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Suite 200-C
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Phone: (850) 224-8207
Fax: (850) 681-9364

Florida State University
Florida Resources and
Environmental Analysis Center
at the Institute of Science
and Public Affairs

A Network Connecting Science with Conservation

Employment Opportunity


FSU Position Number: 41366
Full time, OPS position for 6 months with possibility of extension. This position will be based out of Tallahassee.
Closing Date: March 15, 2017


The FNAI Invasive Plant Field Biologist will help conduct ecological inventories and assist in the assessment of invasive plant control projects as well as vegetation monitoring in various locations throughout the state. The Field Biologist will work closely with FNAI scientists but also may be required to conduct fieldwork independently without direct supervision. In addition to collecting data on invasive plant infestations, the position also will collect and process data on FNAI-tracked and listed plants, animals, and exemplary natural communities. Data collection will focus on field surveys, but may also include literature searches and interviews of other knowledgeable individuals. Data collection and processing will utilize GPS dataloggers and GIS. The Field Biologist is expected to efficiently prepare assessment reports and processes data that they collected in the field or have otherwise compiled. This position may attends meetings and briefings with land managers and other FNAI partners.

Qualified applicants should have a good general familiarity with the plants, animals, and ecology of Florida and must be willing to travel frequently. This is largely a field-oriented position but candidates will also assist in data processing.


  • With direction from supervisor plan and conduct invasive plant surveys and evaluations of control treatments. Produce written reports/summaries of work.
  • Conduct surveys for rare plants or request data from other sources; document, and process information into the FNAI database.
  • Conduct quantitative natural community sampling following standardized protocols and process data using ArcGIS.
  • May assist with installation of traps and other field sampling equipment. Check traps and release captures as needed.
  • Prepare written reports and participate in meetings as necessary to communicate all other products required by project contracts and submit according to contractual time schedules.


  • Bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences, or equivalent training and experience.
  • Familiarity with the native and invasive plants of Florida
  • Experience with natural community and habitat interpretation from aerial photographs, satellite imagery, and soil surveys is desirable.
  • Ability to communicate well in person and in writing; ability to work well with FNAI staff scientists
  • Good organizational skills; meticulous attention to detail. Ability to work independently and under pressure of deadlines and to provide written responses in a timely manner.
  • A commitment to conservation goals.
  • Experience or familiarity with personal computers, databases, GPS, and GIS.
  • Good physical condition and ability to conduct rigorous field work.
  • Willingness to travel frequently for one to two week field trips.

APPLY ONLINE: https://jobs.omni.fsu.edu/psc/sprdhr_er/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=41366&PostingSeq=1 (page will open in a new window). Job ID 41366

For more information, contact: Dan Hipes, Director dhipes@fnai.fsu.edu

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