OPS - Fisheries and Wildlife Biological Scientist II - FWC

Description: This position will be responsible for assisting with the day to day operations on the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties for the Wildlife and Habitat Management Section within the Division of Habitat and Species Conservation. Work will involve the proficient operation of specialized equipment including airboats and amphibious tracked vehicles through wetland marshes. Specific duties include contract oversight and participation in hydrologic and vegetative restoration programs, conducting wildlife surveys, assisting with the development and implementation of budgets and annual operational plans, assisting with the development and promotion of both hunting and non-hunting public use programs, and assistance with setting management and restoration objectives consistent with agency and division directives. This job involves strenuous work in extreme weather conditions typical of south Florida and requires the incumbent to be in good physical condition, and able to work outside year-round.

Working hours: 8-5; however, hours may vary based on workload. Hours each work week (Friday- Thursday) will not exceed 40 hours. Position will begin approximately mid-December.

Salary: $17.33/hour. This is an OPS position, which includes health benefits (must meet eligibility requirements) but does not provide paid leave.

Qualifications: Required:

• Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in one of the life sciences, reliable transportation, and the ability to work long hours independently in the field once trained.

• Incumbent must reside within a 25 mile radius of the Sunrise Field Office located at 10088 NW 53rd Street, Sunrise, FL 33351. Preferred:

• Knowledge of south Florida ecological communities, primarily in the Everglades ecosystem, and the ability to identify native and non-native plant species.

• Experience in operating specialized equipment, navigating using GPS units and aerial maps, and prescribed burning.

• Strong organizational skills and proficient in accurately collecting and organizing field data.

• Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.

Please apply by November 18 via the People First website: https://peoplefirst.myflorida.com.

Supervisor/Contact: Rachel Young Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist III Everglades and Francis S. Taylor WMA Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Office: 954-453-1786 Email: rachel.young@myfwc.com