OPS - Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist IV (Data Engineer) - FWC

OPS F/W Bio Sci IV (Data Engineer) - 77907594

Date: Nov 15, 2017

Location: GAINESVILLE, FL, US, 32601


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Requisition No: 24446 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: OPS F/W Bio Sci IV (Data Engineer) - 77907594

Position Number: 77907594 

Salary:  $27 - $29 per hour, Depending on Experience 

Posting Closing Date: 12/05/2017 


This position is funded by a 3-year grant that may be renewed/extended. Continued employment is subject to annual renewals.  


Job Description


The state of Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute seeks a Data Engineer for the State of Florida Shorebird Program.  This position will support all shorebird program staff with data management related tasks, including database creation, documentation, management, quality control, data archiving, and distribution.  This position will work closely with the Systems Programmer to provide programming and database support to ensure compatibility among application and database products.  All programming code with be optimized and documented to support function and longevity and all programming edits will be tracked using Team Foundations Server.  This position will be the curator of the Florida Shorebird Data Warehouse and will be responsible for integrating new and historical shorebird datasets based on programmatic priorities.  All datasets will be reviewed, documented, and standardized to facilitate data integration.  This position will be responsible for identifying and automating redundant data summarization and data analysis tasks, as such they will work closely with the Shorebird Data Analyst, Research Scientists and Program Administrators to identify needs and implement prioritized solutions.  This position will serve as an active member of the shorebird data warehouse team, and other programmatic teams as needed.  As directed, this position will research complementary technologies to support the program mission. For all stated duties, the scientific integrity of data and focus on the program mission are to be of foremost consideration. The position will be based out of Gainesville, Florida. 



Minimum Qualifications


A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the biological sciences, data science or information systems field and three years of professional biological experience in a field or laboratory program or professional database management experience; or


A master's degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the biological sciences, data science or information systems field and two years of professional experience as described above; or


A doctorate from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the biological sciences, data science or information systems field.


Five-years of professional database management experience and a graduate level degree is preferred. Preference may be given to applicants who have experience with relational database management in SQL server, application development, GIS, natural resource data management.


Knowledge, Skill(s), and Abilities


Ability to develop robust relational database designs that support interoperability and program growth; 2. Experience with Microsoft SQL Server; 3. Experience using ArcGIS products to automate tasks and distribute data and information products; 4. Experience with R or SAS; 5. Experience with application development and database support for application functionality; 6.Ability to communicate technical information effectively verbally and in writing; 7) Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; 8) Ability to work both independently as well as part of a team; 9) Knowledge of the terminology, principles and techniques used in biological research, analysis or testing; 10) Knowledge of the methods of data collection.


Where to Apply

Applicants are required to apply through People First by the closing date listed.  Resumes and supporting documentation may be submitted at the same time of application online.


WHAT IS OPS EMPLOYMENT?  Other Personal Services (OPS) employment is a temporary employer/employee relationship used solely for accomplishing short term or intermittent tasks. OPS employees do not fill established positions and may not be assigned the duties of any vacant authorized position. OPS employees are at-will employees and are subject to actions such as pay changes, changes to work assignment, and terminations at the pleasure of the agency head or designee.



  • State of Florida 401(a) FICA Alternative Plan - mandatory
  • Workers’ Compensation - mandatory
  • Reemployment Assistance (Unemployment Compensation) - mandatory
  • Participation in state group insurance (must meet eligibility requirements. Consult with People First or the servicing Human Resource Office to determine eligibility.)     
  • Deferred Compensation - voluntary
  • Employee Assistance Program – voluntary



  • Any form of paid leave
  • Paid holidays
  • Participation in the Florida Retirement System
  • Reinstatement rights or retention rights


The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.


Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.


The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.



Nearest Major Market: Gainesville