Job Opportunities (heading north to south):
1) At Avon Park Air Force Range, two positions are open- http://wfscjobs.tamu.edu/jobs/ops-park-ranger-exotic-plant-removal-technician-florida/ and http://wfscjobs.tamu.edu/jobs/biological-science-aids-gs-0404-2-nte-180-days-florida/
2) At Kissimmee Prairie Preserve, an opening for an exotic spray tech They're looking for either someone local or if you have an RV they can get you a campsite so you can live on the park. Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park is currently seeking to hire 1 OPS exotic plant removal technician. Work will include mechanical and herbicide treatment of exotic invasive plants. Although experience in exotic plant removal is preferred, it is not necessary, as training will be provided. Applicant should be interested in resource management issues and a career or further education in the biological sciences. Most work time will be spent outdoors in a variety of conditions. Housing is not provided for this position. If an applicant has a travel trailer/RV then a volunteer campsite can be provided. Knowledge in environmental and or biological sciences. Knowledge in removal/treatment of exotic plants. Ability to operate a chainsaw. Ability to lift 40 pounds. Ability to work in the outdoors. Ability to operate four wheel drive vehicles and ATVs. Ability to work alone, in adverse conditions. Knowledge of Florida flora, both native and exotic. Knowledge and skill in computer use and application as it relates to the collection and storage of scientific data. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to work well with others. Ability to develop and maintain files on research, monitoring and other activities. Ability to maintain a valid driver's license. To apply for the position please forward your resume, cover letter, and references to Shayna Jacques, Shayna.Jacques@dep.state.fl.us.
3) At South Florida Water Management District, a Scientist 3 position is open- This position will perform a wide range of duties in support of the District's invasive species management program. Will assist with planning and contract oversight for the District's invasive species control operations. Provide technical assistance to District staff regarding invasive species management in natural areas, including herbicide usage, control strategies, and database management. Participate on various interagency teams coordinating invasive species management. Assist with development invasive species management plans for District projects. Serve as a technical consultant to Land Stewardship staff and formulate recommendations for invasive plant management in natural areas.
Weed Alert Update:
4) Tropical nutrush- A few weeks back I emailed to alert you to a new species in central Florida and to our EDRR list. FWC has just released a weed alert about this species. Please see attached for more updated ID information. Be on the lookout for Scleria microcarpa, treatment of this species is eligible for funding through the FWC EDRR strike teams. http://myfwc.com/media/3006665/uplands-program-proposals-handbook.pdf (see page 8 for information). Partners are conducting surveys at Lake Kissimmee to see if it is that far south- let us know if you're interested in helping survey.
Webinar and upcoming event:
5) Interested in the Don't Move Firewood campaign? The webinar Leigh Greenwood presented last week, Forest and Firewood National Polling, is now available to watch online. It is, admittedly, nearly 55 minutes of her talking while flipping through 38 separate bar graphs, but she says it's the best 55 minute 38 bar graph monologue that you'll see all week! She's already gotten rave reviews from two colleagues:
"(It is) very useful for working in the natural resource arena while doing public outreach." Margaret Fields, TNC - NC
"Excellent presentation today! Great info and very interesting." Paul Kingsbury, TNC - TN
Is your interest piqued? Read the short description and get the YouTube link from here: http://dontmovefirewood.org/blog/webinar-forest-and-firewood-national-polling-october-18.html
6) Save the dates! The 2017 Aquatic Weed Control Short Course will be held May 8-11, 2017 at the Coral Springs Marriott. There will be Certification Exams and CEUs, Complimentary Commercial, Public, and/or Private pesticide applicator certification testing will be offered on Thursday, May 5th after the course concludes for those looking to become licensed. Already licensed? Earn up to 22 Florida CEUs and fully re-certify your Aquatic, Natural Areas, Right-of-Way, Forestry, or Private applicator license! The Short Course is appropriate for new and experienced applicators alike! Registration opens in December and sponsorship opportunities will be announced soon, so be on the lookout for future announcements! Visit the website for more short course information.
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