OPS - Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist II - FWC


Date: Jun 8, 2017

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Requisition No: 12799 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: OPS F&W BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST II - 77907051

Position Number: 77907051 

Salary:  $15 - 17 per hour DOE 

Posting Closing Date: 06/30/2017


Announcement Type:  Open Competitive




JOB DESCRIPTION   Two full-time (40 hr/week) OPS positions available to qualified individuals to assist the Florida Fish & Wildlife Research Institute’s Upland Habitat Research & Monitoring Program.  These positions are based at the Lovett E. Williams, Jr. Wildlife Research Lab in Gainesville, Florida.  Responsibilities include assisting with vegetation sampling on state lands managed by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission as part of ongoing ecosystem monitoring projects.  These statewide projects monitor and evaluate the effects of habitat management, and restoration techniques on state lands managed for multiple use purposes. Specific duties include collecting plant species attribute data following defined procedures and entering, proofing, and correcting data using personal computer systems and database software.  Other responsibilities include assisting with report preparation including GIS and database management, standard data entry, data analysis, data QA/QC, and generation of report graphics including maps, tables, and figures. The job is anticipated to begin July 21, 2017.  Starting salary is expected to be $15.00 - $17.00/hr commensurate with experience.


REQUIREMENTS  A bachelor’s degree in one of the physical or life sciences and one year of experience is required. Good plant identification skills, knowledge of Florida ecosystems, experience with vegetation sampling methods and data management required. Applicants must be willing and able to occasionally work long hours in the field (10-12 hours/day) often in remote locations, and will need to have flexible schedules, and be available for extended days (4 days/3 nights) in the field during the normal work week (transportation provided; lodging and meals will be reimbursed).  Must maintain a valid driver's license, utilize problem-solving techniques, and communicate effectively verbally and in writing. 


PREFERRED SELECTION CRITERIA  Individuals with a Bachelor's degree in botany, plant taxonomy, range management, wildlife management or related fields and those having experience with GPS, PDAs, data loggers, ArcView GIS, ATVs, and Microsoft Office software (Access, Excel, etc.) are encouraged to apply and may be given preference.  


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 (you must meet eligibility requirements, please consult with People First or your servicing HR 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: Gainesville