Employer: University of Florida
Job Field: Forestry, Environmental, Natural Resources
Job Type: Part Time
Location: Gainesville, FL with travel to Live Oak, FL
Primarily duties of this position would be to help with field data collection. We are currently working on a DEP-funded project “Effectiveness of Silviculture Best Management Practices for Forest Fertilization in Pine Straw Production Using Polymer Coated Urea Fertilizer on Excessively Drained Soils in the Suwannee Valley” and the project runs through December of 2017. The project site is located near Live Oak, Florida. We will provide a state vehicle for travel to and from the site and the vehicle would be stationed in Gainesville. Travel to and from the site is considered on the clock and would be considered paid time. This position is part time and does not offer a fixed schedule as our workload often has peaks and valleys. However, days and hours will be more consistent from June-August. Your schedule can be somewhat flexible and we would discuss availability before hire. The way our schedule looks currently, we would have roughly up to 2-3 days of work per week in Live Oak. However, weather often plays a role in how many days a week we can conduct field work. We are looking for a student who is available in the summer (June-August) and if possible, for continuation into the fall/spring semester when needed, but is not necessary. This position would offer great experience for an undergraduate student looking to further their knowledge and build their resume.
Primary field work activities involve sampling/collecting water quality, soil moisture, volatile losses associated with fertilization, pine litter, pine foliage, tree height, diameter, crown class, and disease, raked pine straw, and soil sampling. An employee from Quincy, FL will assist with most of the field sampling/collection. However, there may be some unaccompanied field work such as applying vacuum to lysimeters. Below is a description of the activities involved, but are not limited to:
- Installation and collection of ammonia traps (volatile losses);
- Applying vacuum to lysimeters with a hand-held pump;
- Collection of soil moisture samples from lysimeters and delivering them to the Analytical Research Laboratory in Gainesville;
- Collection of ground water well samples and delivering them to the Analytical Research Laboratory in Gainesville;
- Manual application fertilizer treatments;
- Collection of pine litter samples from traps
- Collection of pine foliage samples (fall 2016)
- Measuring pine height (with a hypsometer) and DBH (with a diameter tape), ranking pine disease and crown class (fall 2016).
- Collection of raked pine straw samples and counting bales (spring 2017)
- Collection of soil samples (spring 2017)
We would like to hire as soon as possible.