[MARMAM] Florida Manatee Research Job Vacancy

Brill, Katie Katie.Brill at MyFWC.com
Fri Jul 17 11:17:59 PDT 2009

Florida Manatee Research Job Vacancy

OPS Research Staff


Job #77900922

Department: Wildlife Research

Location: St. Petersburg, FL (Pinellas County)

Rate of Pay: $11.00/hr (40 hrs/wk) including some weekends and
occasional holidays; no benefits provided 

Close Date: Open until filled

Contact: Katherine Brill 


Position Description:


Serve as member of FWC's manatee necropsy, carcass salvage, and rescue
team.  Conduct necropsies at the Marine Mammal Pathobiology Laboratory
or in the field on manatees and other marine mammal carcasses, record
observations, and complete associated necropsy reports.  Responsible for
preparation and labeling of sample containers, carcass disposal, and
cleaning of equipment and instruments.  Recover marine mammal carcasses
for necropsy from Florida's Northwest region (coastal and inland
waterways of Manatee County to Escambia County).  Assist in manatee
rescue and transport operations in the Northwest region.  Assist with
manatee rescues and capture operations away from designated area as
needed.  Process skeletal collection requests according to FWC and USFWS
guidelines; prepare skeletal remains for curating and shipping and
process federal, state, and international permits for tracking skeletal
collections and information requests.  Maintain inventories of tissues
and tissue requests.  Manage associated database of inventories
including metadata.  Responsible for vessel maintenance and associated
boater safety reports. Manages the processing and labeling of manatee
necropsy slides, digital images, archiving of digital images, and
overseeing the image log database.  Participate in public outreach
efforts ad appropriate.  Prepare research papers and technical reports.
Serve with other MMPL staff members in the rotating, on-call duty (that
includes weekends and occasional holidays) for the purpose of responding
to marine mammal emergencies and carcasses.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

*     Knowledge of the Florida Manatee Recovery Plan and state and
federal legislation protecting manatees

*     Knowledge of methods of data collection and principles and
techniques of research and analysis

*     Knowledge of marine mammal anatomy and necropsy techniques

*     Knowledge of SLR digital cameras, filters, and lenses 

*     Experience creating and managing databases, spreadsheets, and word
processing using Microsoft Access, Excel, and Word

*     Able to trailer flatbeds and watercraft vessels

*     Able to safely operate watercraft vessels 26' in length and

*     Be capable of daily manual labor requiring handling of heavy and
sharp objects and working under unpleasant conditions

*     Must be physically fit, able to lift at least 75 lbs, and be able
to swim sufficiently to save oneself

*     Able to conduct fieldwork in all weather conditions

*     Able to establish and maintain effective working relationships

*     Be comfortable speaking to the public

*     Possess or be able to obtain a Florida driver's license within a
month of employment


Minimum Requirements:

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a
major in one of the biological sciences or one year of professional
biological experience in a field or lab research program.  Experience
with dissection, pathology, or animal necropsies. 


TO APPLY: Please reply to this posting with a cover letter, resume, and
references or submit a completed State of Florida Employment Application
to the contact listed below.  An application can be printed from


Katherine Brill

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Marine Mammal Pathobiology Laboratory

3700 54th Avenue South

St. Petersburg, FL 33711


Fax: (727)893-2907

Katie.brill at myfwc.com 

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