Friday, May 23, 2008

Fw: FMNP Program Coordinator/Sr. Biological Scientist position and loggerhead nesting update

From: Main,Martin B <>
Subject: FMNP Program Coordinator/Sr. Biological Scientist position and loggerhead nesting update

Date: Friday, May 23, 2008, 4:33 PM

Colleagues,  2 items I'd like to bring to your attention.  First, as most of you know (assuming you read the FMNP newsletter...) Ginger has left her position to join her husband Chuck in a restaurant business venture in Pennsylvania. Chuck is a professional restaurant manager of considerable talent and they are doing very well.  I'm initiating the search for Ginger's replacement. The position title is Senior Biological Scientist and the position will involve multiple duties - including being Program Coordinator for the FMNP. A job description follows, and a more detailed description may be found on the FMNP home page ( Perhaps some of you are interested???  Senior Biological Scientist This position is for a Senior Biological Scientist to assist the Wildlife Ecology program and serve as the Program  Coordinator for the Florida Master Naturalist Program (, both of which are directed by Dr.  Martin Main. The position is located at the University of Florida, Southwest Florida Research & Education Center in  Immokalee, which is approximately 30 miles from Ft. Myers, Bonita Springs, and Naples areas and near the Big Cypress  National Preserve, Everglades National Park, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge and other natural areas. The  position provides a comfortable and well-equipped working environment and a challenging and exciting opportunity to be  involved in environmental research and education with an emphasis on Florida ecosystems. The incumbent will be  expected to assist in data collection and development of educational materials, disseminate information to professional  and lay audiences, supervise research technicians and volunteers, coordinate various aspects of the Florida Master  Naturalist Program, and provide general support to the wildlife ecology program as directed. Minimum educational  requirements include a BA/BS in the environmental sciences. Strong organizational, communication, and computer skills  and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team are required. GIS skills are an asset. This position  includes full health and retirement benefits, salary commensurate with experience. Additional information about this  opportunity can be found on . To apply, send a letter of interest, CV, and official  college transcripts to: Dr. Martin Main, SW Florida REC, University of Florida, 2686 SR 29 North, Immokalee, FL, 34142  and also complete the on-line University of Florida application at (requisition #0705590). Deadline for  application is 12 June 2008.  The second item was brought to my attention by FMNP Instructor Dave Graff (Rookery Bay NERR), regarding info on loggerhead sea turtle nesting (thanks Dave). T  he Coastal Module info describes loggerhead nesting as increasing, which is based on Lew Ehrharts nesting monitoring data from Archie Carr National Seashore. However, more recent data from FWC indicates that, although Green and Leatherbacks are increasing, Loggerhead nesting has declined in recent years (see attached 1 pg report from FWC).  The Coastal pre- and post-test asks a True-False question about an increase in sea turtle nesting over the last couple decades (Q 18). The easy solution is to give the students a correct answer regardless and describe what I've just said and provide the 1-page report that is attached.  Best regards, Marty  Martin B. Main, PhD Associate Professor and Wildlife Ecologist Program Leader, Florida Master Naturalist Program University of Florida SW Florida Research and Education Center 2686 State Road 29 North Immokalee, FL 34142 ph: 239.658.3400  fax: 239.658.3469

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