Research Coordinator I  

Applications for this position must be through the University of Florida website at

This position is to provide coordination and scientific and logistical support for a large scale grant-sponsored oyster reef restoration and research project (see  Duties will include responsibility for logistics, safety, data management and technical support and coordination of field sampling in coastal waters throughout the Big Bend region of Levy and Dixie Counties, Florida.

Salary: commensurate with qualifications and experience, range $39,000 – $46,000 annually plus benefits package.

Start date: As soon as possible, no later than September 1 2017.

Closing date for applications: 11:55 pm July 30 2017

This position requires considerable physical abilities, agility on boats and regular lifting, as well as regular exposure to elements, and hazards in the natural environment of Florida’s Gulf Coast. This position will be responsible for maintenance and repair of up to 4 vehicles and 5 boats with trailers, and a variety of field supplies and kits, instruments and equipment. This position will serve as safety officer for all aspects of the field component of this project, which will include training students and OPS workers in safety protocols, boat and trailer safety and field safety.

This position will serve as a coordinator for all field efforts involving academic, agency, NGO, fishing industry partners, graduate students, and other stakeholders. This position will also work closely with the shellfish industry, cooperators and agencies in coordinated research, and to help source restoration materials and monitor construction activities.


Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. At least 3 years experience involving boat operation and experience with collection of scientific data in field situations.  This position requires at minimum a valid drivers license and completion of the Florida Boater Safety course or its equivalent in other states.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates with MS or PhD degree in a natural resources discipline, demonstrated experience with coordination and leadership of field sampling efforts, extensive experience and certifications involving boats in shallow or complex environments, shellfish or other large-scale restoration projects, safety training, and experience with a variety of sampling equipment in marine/estuarine ecosystems.  Other technical skills such as project management, supervision of field staff, working with diverse cooperators, database management, statistical analyses, GIS experience, airboat operation experience, publication experience, and medical and safety training will be considered positively.

Special Instructions:

Applications must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (EDT) of the posting end date.  Applications must be through the University of Florida jobs website at

This is a Time-Limited position.

Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship

Location: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Salary: $25,000 - $35,000 per year, plus tuition and fees

Applications Due By: August 31, 2017

Description: We seek a highly motivated PhD student for a project to develop ecosystem models for fisheries management application in the Gulf of Mexico. The student will work with Dr. David Chagaris (UF, Nature Coast Biological Station) to update an Ecopath with Ecosim and Ecospace model of the West Florida Shelf and investigate trophic interactions, habitat linkages, environmental stressors, and population dynamics of valuable reef fish species (e.g. groupers and snappers). Additionally, the student will design simulations to inform stocks assessment and fisheries management. Large fisheries independent and fisheries dependent datasets in the Gulf of Mexico will be analyzed to update model parameters, define predator-prey and habitat relationships, and validate model predictions. The position will be available immediately with funding for three years.

Qualifications: M.S. degree in biology, ecology, marine science, fisheries, or related field. Preference will be given to students with a background in ecosystem modeling, population dynamics, and trophic interactions. Minimum academic qualifications include GRE scores in the upper 50th percentile in each category and a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 system). Strong applicants will exceed these minima and have a record of research productivity via presentations and publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Contact: To be considered for the position, please email a letter of interest, current CV, unofficial transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for three references to David Chagaris, Email

Nature Coast Biological Station Summer Internship Program

(2017 internship positions filled, next application cycle opens Jan 2018)

This internship program is intended to give undergraduate students at UF an opportunity for real-world experience in research and/or extension activities.  Selected students will work alongside practicing researchers and natural resource managers.  These internships are six weeks, from approximately June 1 to July 15 (depending on host needs), and interns are paid $9.00 per hour for 40 hours a week.  The hosts include UF/IFAS faculty as well as state and federal agency partners.   Interns will participate in an orientation meeting with NCBS staff and hosts, as well as a summer wrap up workshop where interns will summarize their experiences.  This is a great opportunity for students to enhance their skill sets and explore career options in natural resource fields.  Application materials and host information for the 2017 program are found below. These internships are open to current undergraduates and recent graduates (within the past year) from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Florida.

Applications open January 2018

2017 Internship Projects