OPS - Biological Scientist II - FWC


Date: Jan 15, 2018

Location: JACKSONVILLE, FL, US, 32211


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Requisition No: 27912 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

Working Title: OPS BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST II - FWC - 77907323

Position Number: 77907323 

Salary:  $17/hr 

Posting Closing Date: 01/26/2018 


Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI)

Section: Marine Fisheries Research/Marine Fish Biology/Crustaceans


Temporary and Grand Funded:

Funding for this position ends 9/31/2018 with possibility of renewal.


Minimum Academic Requirements:

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the biological sciences and one year of professional biological experience in a field or laboratory program; or a master's degree from an accredited college or university in one of the biological sciences.


Required Entry-Level Knowledge, Skill(s), and Abilities:


General knowledge of methods and gear used for collection of biological or fisheries samples, the procedures, equipment and material used in laboratory testing and analysis; basic concepts and principles of the physical and natural sciences; biology with emphasis in marine biology; statistical analysis, scientific writing, dissection techniques; specimen preservation methods; laboratory safety; familiarity with computer-based biological analytical programs.


Skill in the use of boat and trailer operation.


Ability to perform strenuous field duties in adverse conditions; travel as necessary to conduct field sampling; collect, record and analyze laboratory data; understand and follow technical instructions relating to laboratory testing and analysis; follow sample dissection, preservation and enumeration protocols; perform laboratory tests and analyses and quality control and quality assurance checks on samples and data; enter data into data base; manage archived samples and data; communicate effectively; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; plan, organize and coordinate work assignments; perform scientific analysis and prepare reports.


Assigned Primary Project:

Blue crab fishery independent and dependent research


Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Conduct Florida blue crab spawning stock surveys through established fishery independent sampling. Assist in the expansion of the program to encompass the northeast regions, using both fishery independent and dependent sampling techniques. This position includes rigorous field work, laboratory processing of specimens, data entry, scientific data analysis, and dissemination of results. Must be able to work autonomously and maintain excellent communication with supervisor.


Basic Responsibilities (for all OPS employees in section)

  • Be courteous and respectful while assisting FWC customers and stakeholders and seek public support for agency objectives and programs by serving Florida citizens in a positive manner and listening to customer needs.  Function across division/office lines by providing skills and expertise when needed.  Comply with Section 215.422, Florida Statutes and FWC invoice-processing procedures.
  • Be courteous and respectful of FWC coworkers.
  • Be familiar with and ensure all actions are in compliance with FWRI policies and procedures.  Obtain all necessary approvals from supervisor and/or COC; do not request permission/approval for actions that are contrary to FWRI policies and procedures.
  • Ensure all work activities are in compliance with laboratory protocols, standards, and procedures established by supervisor or designee.  Be receptive to and complete remedial actions when recommended by supervisor.    
  • Ensure all work products are within quality guidelines required by supervisor.  Report continued empirical difficulties, if any, to supervisor.  Be receptive to remedial training or technical advice when recommended by supervisor or designee.
  • Ensure that ancillary (non-project or lower priority) work activities do not delay completion of primary work product(s); refrain from engaging or requesting to engage in activities that do.
  • Participate in proper care and maintenance of all laboratory equipment and facilities; take full responsibility for care and maintenance of assigned equipment.  Participate in the request/ordering of chemicals and laboratory supplies as needed.
  • Participate in approved public outreach efforts, as appropriate.                  


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: Jacksonville