Entomology Technician - Atlanta Botanical Garden

ENTOMOLOGY TECHNICIAN – FLORIDA PANHANDLE, DEER LAKE STATE PARK

Status: Seasonal / Part-time
Work Schedule: Flexible, March – September, 2021 at 20 hours per week

Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Conservation & Research Department (ABG) is seeking an Entomology Technician to assist in the evaluation of insect pollinator diversity in Deer Lake State Park, Walton County, Florida. The broader project, Surveys for Priority Plants and Pollinators to Maximize Restoration in the Coastal Dune Lake Watershed, is a collaboration between ABG and FDEP’s Division of Recreation and Parks and is funded through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Technician will report directly to the Gulf Coast Coordinator and will conduct field work at Deer Lake State Park. Primary responsibilities will involve insect pollinator assessments of pre and post management actions at restoration sites. This will be accomplished with the use of insect light traps, sweep nets, and targeted dip netting for the identification of caddisfly and dragonfly larvae. Collected data will be organized and utilized for annual and final reporting on project deliverables.

Job requirements and responsibilities:

  • Ability to work in extreme environmental and physically demanding conditions with many hazards including heat, humidity, standing water, venomous snakes, stinging insects, and dense vegetation
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a larger team environment with varied partners, where each member contributes greatly to the total effort
  • Willingness to learn and receive training from partners to conduct tasks in the safest and most efficient way
  • Applicant must learn and comply with all safety regulations associated with Atlanta Botanical Garden, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Department of Recreation and Parks
  • Experience and ability to work efficiently on various Microsoft Office programs (Power Point, Word, Excel) for data entry, analysis, reporting and presenting
  • Ability to identify insects down to the Family level, Odenata identification experience preferred
  • Excellent organizational and data collection skills
  • Physical requirements:
  • Must be able to work effectively in all outdoor elements for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to carry 30lbs.

Additional requirements:

  • Excellent time management skills are required.
  • Ability to effectively respond to multiple, changing and often conflicting priorities
  • Must be able to effectively interact with co-workers.

Qualifications:

  • B.S. In Biology, Ecology, or closely related field required, M.S. is preferred.
  • A minimum of one year of employment, internship, or research experience where insect identification was a primary job responsibility
  • Experience using ArcGIS and Trimble GNSS equipment is preferred.
  • Working knowledge of wetland plants of the Florida Panhandle
  • Working knowledge of the Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI) habitat descriptions.
  • Must hold a current valid drivers license with a good MVR

The above job duties and responsibilities describe the general nature and level of work for employees in this position, but this is not intended as an exclusive or all-inclusive inventory of all duties required of employees in this job.

It is the policy of the Atlanta Botanical Garden to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, reasonable accommodations will be made for qualified individuals with disabilities.

Please email cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Careers at careers@atlantabg.org, all files should include applicants last name, document title, and title of the position you are applying for (Example: Smith_Resume_EntomologyTech).

Review of Applications begins February 28, 2021.

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