[MARMAM] Florida Manatee Project Research Assistant, Seasonal Position

Barlas, Margie Margie.Barlas at MyFWC.com
Thu Oct 4 12:52:51 PDT 2012

Manatee Tracking Project Seasonal Research Assistant

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Marine Mammal Research Group is looking for one field biological technician to work for the upcoming winter-spring season in St. Petersburg, FL.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
Section: Wildlife Research
Subsection: Marine Mammals
Location: St. Petersburg, FL (field work in Brevard County)

Position#: 77907345
Rate of Pay:  $11.00 - $12.00 per hour depending on experience; 40 hr/week, some overtime; there are no paid benefits.
Application Closing Date: October 15, 2012
Start Date: November 1, 2012
Duration: 6-8 months

Position description:
The employee's primary responsibility is to assist researchers in the Manatee Behavioral Ecology and Movements Program with radio-tracking manatees along the East Coast of Florida by following tagged individuals from land and small boats to record behavioral observations.  The principle aims of this study are to characterize manatee use of warm-water refugia and essential winter foraging habitat using state-of-the-art satellite-linked GPS technology.  Other duties include equipment maintenance, data entry, mapping and interpreting Argos and GPS satellite telemetry data, preparing reports of habitat site visits, miscellaneous office tasks, and public outreach as needed.  The person will participate in manatee captures, currently scheduled for mid-December.  Applicants should understand that this job requires them to be wet, dirty and outdoors in all weather conditions.  The office is headquartered in St. Petersburg, FL but the primary field site is near Titusville, FL.  Travel to other areas of the state may be required based on animal movements or project needs.  Lodging, per diem, and transportation costs are provided while at the field site.  Hours are generally Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, but some evening and weekend hours may be required.  Field work is expected to last through March, followed by work on equipment and data in the lab.  This position requires the applicant to drive a truck towing a boat trailer.

A bachelor's degree with a major in one of the biological sciences is required.  Previous experience in boat handling and trailering is strongly desired.  Applicant should have field research experience with wildlife.  Experience with radio-telemetry tracking gear is desirable.  The successful candidate must have strong computer skills, preferably including familiarity with Microsoft Excel and Word applications.  Experience with GIS is a plus.  Organizational skills, attention to detail, oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work successfully as part of a team are essential qualifications for this position.  He/She must have a valid US driver's license, a good driving history, and must be able to swim.

Application Process:
Applicants are required to submit a complete, up-to-date, State of Florida Employment Application Form electronically in People First (http://peoplefirst.myflorida.com<http://peoplefirst.myflorida.com/>), by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date listed.  Please make sure to submit a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and a summary of your qualifications, along with a resume and list of three references when applying in People First.  However, resumes and supporting documentation do not replace the requirement for a completed State of Florida Employment Application Form.
If you experience technical difficulties during the application process or when attaching documents, call People First staffing at 1-877-562-7287.  If unable to attach supporting documents to your application, they may be faxed to the People First Service Center at 1-888-403-2110.  Be sure to include the Requisition number for the position to which you are applying on each page of your faxed documents.
FWC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA Employer. If you require an accommodation to participate in the application/selection process, please contact the hiring authority in advance. Federal law requires that we hire only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized aliens who can provide proof of their identity and employment eligibility.

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