OPS - Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist II - FWC


Date: Oct 29, 2018

Location: GAINESVILLE, FL, US, 32601


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Requisition No: 47032 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

Working Title: OPS F&W BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST II - 77907388

Position Number: 77907388 

Salary:  $17.50/hr 

Posting Closing Date: 11/15/2018 


DESCRIPTION The State of Florida's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) seeks a biologist to assist with ongoing research and monitoring projects for a variety of Florida's imperiled non-game avian species and associated habitats. The successful candidate will collect and record data; enter and maintain data; assist with the analysis of data; and prepare reports, tables and figures as needed. He/she will also assist with the development of new research and monitoring projects and will direct volunteers and OPS seasonal field technicians via training, planning and over-seeing work, and ensuring compliance with FWC and FWRI rules, policies, and procedures. The candidate will coordinate with multiple researchers and partners to provide assistance in a timely and professional manner. The candidate will maintain and operate all equipment in safe, working order, complete administrative tasks (e.g., time sheets, vehicle reports, invoice submission, etc.) as required, and complete all employee training as directed, including safety training, personnel training, and purchasing training. The candidate will also participate in public outreach events and interact with public as directed or approved.  Some overnight and weekend travel is required. The position will be based out of Gainesville, Florida.  Please contact Amy Schwarzer (Amy.Schwarzer@myfwc.com) with any questions.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS 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.


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS Professional field experience working with Florida's imperiled bird species in terrestrial, freshwater, and coastal ecosystems. Extensive experience using geographic information systems (GIS) and demonstrated scientific writing proficiency. Extensive experience towing and operating outboard boats & ATVs. Extensive experience identifying birds by sight and sound, from migratory passerines to wintering shorebirds. Extensive experience handling and banding birds, radio tracking birds, and resighting color-banded birds.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (1) Skill in using Excel and Word, familiarity with ArcGIS and Access; (2) work experience in surveying, monitoring, and data collection with avian species; (3) work experience trapping, handling, and marking birds; (4) Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; (5) Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with others, including multiple researchers with sometimes competing demands; (6) Ability to work under adverse field conditions without direct supervision; (7) Ability to travel out of town for extended periods and to work long hours in adverse field conditions; (8) Good physical condition; (9) ability to operate 4-wheel drive vehicles; (10) ability to use GPS equipment; (11) ability to identify birds by sight and sound.




START DATE: early 2019


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


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