[Coral-List] Marine ecology field technician position

Behringer,Donald C,JR behringer at ufl.edu
Mon Jul 28 11:16:00 EDT 2008

Marine Ecology Field Technician

We are seeking a technician to assist in conducting coral reef damage and disease surveys in southeast Florida and to assist in water quality and aquatic community sampling along the northeast Gulf coast of Florida. Technical time will be split between these two geographic areas with housing (if necessary) and transportation provided during research trips. The position will be based in Gainesville, Florida in the University of Florida Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. This is a temporary 1-year grant-funded position with the possibility of continuation for an additional 2 - 3 years depending on performance and the availability of funds. This is a full-time OPS level position (no fringe benefits). Pay will start at $12/hr for 40 hrs/week.


For consideration, please email a CV, transcripts (non-official), and the contact information for three references to Dr. Don Behringer. The application review process will begin IMMEDIATELY and proceed until a suitable candidate is identified.

Email: behringer at ufl.edu

Mailing address:
Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
University of Florida
7922 NW 71st Street
Gainesville, FL 32653


1. This is a physically demanding position that will require long strenuous days of diving, carrying heavy dive and sampling gear, and long days of travel.

2. SCUBA certification and experience diving to 20 meters (60 feet).

3. Prior experience conducting underwater fieldwork.

4. Knowledge of coral reef ecosystems.

5. Prior coral reef survey experience is preferred, but underwater survey experience in other habitats may suffice.

6. Knowledge of sessile coral reef species (corals, sponges, etc.) or ability to rapidly learn to identify species.

7. Small vessel (20 - 30 ft) handling and transportation experience.

8. Clean driving record and driver's license.

9. Bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, or related field.



1. Master's degree.

2. Current or prior AAUS research diver training.

3. Nitrox certification.


1. Travel with research team to southeast Florida for 5 - 10 days/trip to conduct coral reef damage and disease surveys in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. Multiple dives will be conducted each day. Multiple trips will take place Sept - Nov 2008. This is part of a project aimed at determining the patterns of recreational and commercial use of reef resources and the subsequent patterns of reef impact and recovery.

2. Conduct water quality and aquatic community (fish, invertebrates, and vegetation) surveys in the rivers and along the coast of the northeast Gulf of Mexico. Several water quality surveys will be conducted each month on various rivers along the coast. Aquatic community surveys will be conducted quarterly with a team of technicians and graduate students.

3. Data entry and database management.

4. Water quality and specimen processing.

5. Assist with any other projects as directed by supervisor.

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