Employment Opportunity

Field Biologist, Full-Time - Temporary/Seasonal Position

FSU Job ID: 43034

Closing Date: March 13, 2018

The Florida Natural Areas Inventory is seeking a temporary employee for a field biologist position who will conduct vegetation surveys on invasive plant infestations and treatment effectiveness in conservation areas across the state. In addition, the position will collect and manage data on rare and listed plants, animals, and exemplary natural communities. This is largely a field-oriented position, but candidates will also assist in data processing, database management, and GIS tasks as assigned. The position will also likely help out with FNAI’s other inventory and monitoring efforts.

Qualified applicants should be able to accurately identify Florida’s most common native and invasive plants. The ability to identify the rare plants and animals of Florida is desired. The candidate must be willing to travel frequently and conduct field work in remote areas of Florida.

Job Duties:

  • With direction from supervisor, plan and conduct invasive plant surveys and evaluations of control treatments.
  • 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.
  • Assist in preparation of written reports and participate in meetings as necessary.
  • Enter and quality control field data, in addition to other office duties as assigned.


  • Good physical condition and ability to conduct rigorous field work using standard field equipment including 4x4 vehicles.
  • Willingness to travel frequently and work long days as needed.
  • At least two years of coursework in biological sciences, or equivalent training and experience.
  • Working knowledge of common 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 meet deadlines.
  • A commitment to conservation goals.
  • Experience or familiarity with personal computers, databases, GPS, and GIS.

This is a full time, OPS position for 3-4 months (flexible start date in April or May through July) with a possibility of an extension or conversion to a permanent position.

Starting Pay: $15/hr

Apply Online:

You can view and apply for this job at: FSU FNAI Field Biologist

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