OPS - Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist II - FWC

Requisition No: 17676 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: OPS F/W BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST II - 77901693

Position Number: 77901693 

Salary:  $16 - $18 per hour, 

Posting Closing Date: 01/01/2018 


Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI)

Section: Wildlife Research/ Marine Mammals


This is an OPS position that is funded by a grant requiring annual renewals. Continued employment is dependent on the extension of the project or on new grants being awarded.


No moving expenses will be provided.


Previous applicants must re-apply to be considered.



This position is for a GIS analyst within the North Atlantic Right Whale Program in the Marine Mammal Section of the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI). The successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining, processing, and summarizing databases and geodatabases of automatic identification system (AIS) data describing vessel traffic along the Atlantic Coast of the Southeastern U.S.  He/she will identify patterns of vessel traffic in and adjacent to right whale critical habitat; regularly check that AIS data is streaming and help troubleshoot any streaming issues when they arise; ensure that AIS databases meet certain quality standards; regularly back up critical AIS databases; and provide technical and analytical support to section staff through use of geographic information systems (GIS), relational databases, programming languages, and other technical tools.  There may be opportunities to work on or develop additional projects of interest beyond those described here. 



Applicants must possess a Bachelor's degree in the physical or biological sciences, mathematics, computer science, geographical information systems (GIS), or a closely related field and have demonstrated experience working with ArcGIS.  



Coursework in GIS and Computer Science.  Demonstrated experience with computer programming.  Demonstrated experience working with Python geoprocessing scripts or ESRI ModelBuilder and SQL geodatabases in ArcGIS.  Knowledge of AIS data structure. Experience in the collection, quality-control, and management of spatially-referenced data.  Demonstrated experience in technical writing.



Knowledge of GIS methods and programs, spatial analysis techniques, and data management principles. Ability to maintain, process, and summarize spatial data using GIS applications, including relational databases and programming scripts. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, plan and organize work assignments with minimal supervision, and communicate effectively with staff. 


WHAT IS OPS EMPLOYMENT?  Other Personal Services (OPS) 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 for details.)     
  • 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: Tampa