Requisition No: 28032
Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Working Title: OPS-Biological Scientist I- 77900632
Position Number: 77900632
Salary: $16.00 an hour
Posting Closing Date: 02/07/2018
Type of Position: These are seasonal (temporary) OPS positions (0% FTE)
Pay Rate: $16.00/hr
Benefits: Because these are OPS positions, no benefits package is included.
Supervisor: Megan Wallrichs
contact information: Megan.Wallrichs@MyFWC.com
Description of duties:
This position will be based in Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) North Central region (Nassau and Duval counties).
- Assist FWC biologists and partners in surveying nesting seabird and shorebird populations following monitoring protocols outlined in the Florida Shorebird Database (https://public.myfwc.com/crossdoi/shorebirds/index.aspx). Surveys may also be required to be conducted independently.
- Collect related data on nest success and productivity.
- Collect information on predation (e.g., via track observation, remote camera deployment and data analysis).
- Assist with posting of signs for management at Critical Wildlife Areas and other nearby sites where birds are nesting.
- Help maintain signs that are posted around nesting sites throughout the nesting season, especially immediately following storms or other disturbance events. This work often requires effective coordination with managers of the sites where posting is being conducted.
- Construct and maintain decoys.
- Perform other related and necessary work as required
- Responsible for maintaining posted signs to ensure areas are continuously protected.
- Approach beach-goers in a positive and friendly manner to effectively inform the public about beach- nesting birds and reasons why areas are posted, especially during times of high beach usage, such as Memorial and Independence Day weekends.
- Report violations to law enforcement as needed.
The person hired in these positions will work with biologists in the Species Conservation Planning Section to assist with the duties described above. Work for this position will be largely conducted at Critical Wildlife Areas (http://myfwc.com/conservation/terrestrial/cwa/) and other important beach nesting sites in the North Central (Amelia Island, Nassau Sound, Fort George Inlet/Huguenot Memorial Park) region.
Work for these positions will begin in March and last through August. As these are near-exclusive field-oriented positions, no office space will be provided. Candidates must have access to a computer for purposes of data entry and communications. A work vehicle will be provided. Housing will be provided at the Big Talbot Island Biological Field Station.
Broadband code: 19-4021-01
Class code: 5031
Region: North Central
Class Title: Biological Scientist I
Working hours: variable (40 hours a week)
List of any subordinates supervised: None
Residency requirement: None
Level of Education: Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences is required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Experience working for a natural resource management agency preferred. Must have strong sea- and shorebird identification skills and strong data management skills. Experience working on the ecology, conservation, or management of seabird or shorebird populations, or other non-game wildlife species preferred. Must have good abilities to communicate and work effectively with others. Ability to use computers efficiently is required. Must possess a valid Driver’s License, and be able to drive a 4x4 pick-up truck and ATV. Must have a highly flexible work schedule (including weekend availability) and be able to work effectively with little direct supervision, in remote locations, and under hot and humid weather conditions.
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.