The Environmental Center was able to hire a full-time ecologist to assist with research and restoration efforts from 2013-15 with the support of the Cummer Family Foundation and Blaudow Foundation.

The ecologist worked closely with the preserve curator assisting with natural areas management activities, as well as, conducting research and restoration in the Sawmill Slough Preserve. Responsibilities included continuing CNAI, pest plant control, prescription burns, habitat restoration, water quality analysis, and trail maintenance.