Biologist

Division / Title                

Science / Biologist

Reporting relationship 

Director of Research

Job Summary

The Research Department has been conducting sea turtle nest monitoring along one of the highest density sea turtle nesting beaches in the world for over 30 years. The Biologist will work with all members of the Research Department to conduct morning monitoring and training of seasonal technicians and interns. This individual will also be trained on our night monitoring protocols and sampling; however, this will not be a core responsibility of their job. The Biologist will assist the department with database management, database upgrades, and statistical analyses for various research projects. This individual is expected to develop, plan, and conduct individual and unique research projects that supplement other departmental studies. As the research output of this department continues to expand, we seek a highly qualified and motivated individual to build upon our successful program. 

Core Responsibilities: Includes, but not limited to the following:

  • Conduct daily morning sea turtle nesting surveys, nest checks, and excavations
  • Conduct shorebird and escarpment surveys, as necessary
  • Data entry and verification
  • Assist with training of Seasonal Employees and Interns
  • Assist with sand placement monitoring activities, including night surveys and relocations, as necessary
  • Conduct nightly sea turtle surveys, as needed
  • Assist with stranding and salvage of sick, injured, or dead sea turtles
  • Maintain Research Department databases and aid in the QA/QC of the databases
  • Work with Research Department staff to mine historical datasets for various research projects
  • Assist with managing and ensuring compliance with all county and state permits and contracts
  • Provide statistical analyses for various research projects
  • Develop and implement individual research projects
  • Assist other departments as needed

Required Skills, Knowledge, and Experience

  • Master’s Degree (preferred) in one of the physical or natural sciences
  • Minimum of two years of experience conducting morning nesting surveys on high density sea turtle nesting beaches
  • Experience conducting night-time tagging efforts (preferred)
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, SQL, ArcGIS, and Trimble GPS equipment/software
  • Ability to run statistical analyses and knowledge of programming languages (e.g., R, SPSS, etc)
  • Ability to safely operate all-terrain vehicles and train others for use of all-terrain vehicles
  • In good physical condition with the ability to work outdoors under extremely adverse conditions for up to 12 hours
  • Strong communication skills and enjoys interacting with the public
  • Ability to teach complex tasks to others
  • Ability to manage a high-stress work environment and maintain a good attitude
  • Attention to detail and strong problem-solving abilities
  • Ability to work independently and in a group
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and working cell phone
  • Expected to work any day of the week, including weekends and holidays, during nesting season
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States

About Us

Founded in 1983, LMC is a leading cultural attraction in South Florida that provides open access to all guests. Today the Center is a global leader in the research, rehabilitation, and protection of sea turtles, serving our broader mission to promote ocean ecosystem conservation. Annually we reach 900,000 guests with our transformational education programs and partner with nearly 100 organizations across six continents and 16 countries in ocean conservation. In early 2022, we opened a new 27,500 square-foot campus that greatly expanded our exhibition, education, and convening space and doubles our medical facilities. 

Physical Demands + Work Environment 

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Successful applicants must be comfortable in a highly dynamic environment in an active and busy office or outdoor setting. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and walk. The employee is frequently required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. This position involves working outdoors in Florida, often in hot and humid conditions. Must possess a valid driver’s license.

Notes 

The deadline to apply is February 1, 2023.

To Apply

Interested applicants may submit their resume or curriculum vitae, cover letter with available start date and two letters of recommendation (to be sent directly from references) to Human Resources, here.