[MARMAM] Manatee Stranding Position at the Marine Mammal Pathobiology Lab

Garrett, Andy Andy.Garrett at MyFWC.com
Tue Jun 24 11:46:47 PDT 2014


Dear MARMAM,

If possible, could you please email the following job announcement out to members?  Thank you.

-Andy Garrett (FWC)

727-638-3295



Working Title: OPS FISHERIES & WILDLIFE BIO S
Broadband/Class Code: 19-1023-02
Position Number: 77900922-51197272
Annual Salary Range: $11.00 per hour
Announcement Type: Open Competitive
City: SAINT PETERSBURG
Facility: FISH AND WILDLIFE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Pay Grade/ Pay Band: BB008
Closing Date: 7/7/2014
Job Description:
This position will assist in the coordination of salvage and recovery efforts of marine mammal carcasses for the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) Marine Mammal Pathobiology Laboratory (MMPL).  The incumbent will serve as member of FWC's manatee necropsy team conducting field and laboratory necropsies on manatee and other marine mammal carcasses, record observations and complete associated necropsy reports.  This position will recover marine mammal carcasses for necropsy from the Northwest region (coastal and inland waterways of Manatee County to Escambia County) of Florida and assist in manatee rescue and transport operations in the Northwest region as well as assist with manatee rescue and capture operations away from designated area as needed.  This position will be responsible for preparation and labeling of sample containers, carcass disposal, and cleaning of equipment and instruments.  This position will be responsible for managing the FWC manatee bone loan program by preparing, cleaning, and shipping manatee full and partial skeletons to permitted recipients and maintaining the associated paperwork.  This position will be responsible for processing and reading manatee earbones for age determination.  This position will be responsible for coordinating MMPL volunteers including recruitment, scheduling, and assignment of tasks.  This position will have an assigned work schedule of Sunday-Thursday (8:00 am-5:00 pm) and will be asked to respond to marine mammal emergencies and carcasses outside of normal work schedule as needed or assigned.  This position will serve in a rotation with other MMPL staff members for the purpose of covering the Northwest Region during state holidays.
Required Education:

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the biological sciences.

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 digital SLR cameras, filters, and lenses

*         Knowledge of marine mammal capture, handling, and transport techniques

*         Able to trailer flatbeds/utility trailers and watercraft vessels

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

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

*         Must be physically fit, able to vertically 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 and maintain a Florida driver's license within a month of employment
Preferred Experience:
Applicants having live and dead marine mammal stranding/necropsy experience may be given preference.
Application Requirements:
Applicants are required to submit a complete, up-to-date, State of Florida Application Form electronically in People First, by midnight on the closing date listed. Go to: https://peoplefirst.myflorida.com (enter 77900909 in the keyword search field). Additionally, applicants are required to complete the additional application questions and are encouraged to attach a cover letter, resume and three references with their People First application by the closing date. Further supporting documentation may be submitted in People First, but do not replace the requirement for a completed State of Florida 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.
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.
WHAT BENEFITS ARE APPLICABLE TO OPS EMPLOYEES?

 *   State of Florida 401(a) FICA Alternative Plan - mandatory
 *   Workers' Compensation - mandatory
 *   Reemployment Assistance (Unemployment Compensation) - mandatory
 *   Participation in state group insurance (upon meeting eligibility requirements)
 *   Deferred Compensation - voluntary
 *   Employee Assistance Program - voluntary
The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.
Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or the People First Service Center (1-877-562-7287). 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.
The State of Florida hires only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers. An Employment Eligibility Verification Check will be conducted in the E-Verify System which is a federal government electronic database that confirms the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.
If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.
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