[MARMAM] Manatee Biologist Job Opportunity

Howell, Amber Amber.Howell at MyFWC.com
Fri Mar 9 10:18:19 PST 2018


Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Wildlife Research - Marine Mammals

Working Title:  OPS BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST I - FWC
Broadband/Class Code:  19-1023-01
Position Number:  77901365
Annual Salary Range:  $13.00/hr., 20 hrs. Per week
Announcement Type:  Open Competitive
Location: Tequesta, Florida
Facility: Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
Pay Grade/ Pay Band:  BB005
Closing Date: March 26, 2018

JOB DESCRIPTION:

This half-time position, located in Tequesta, participates in Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's manatee research program in a seven-county area along southeast coast Florida.  This is a part-time position, approximately 20 hrs/week, including one weekend day.

Duties may include but are not limited to: recovery of manatee carcasses from a seven county area in southeast Florida, conduct necropsies on badly decomposed manatee carcasses and transport fresh to moderately decomposed manatee carcasses to the necropsy facility in St. Petersburg; participate in manatee rescue, including coordination of capture and transportation of injured manatees to the appropriate rehabilitation facilities; participate in aerial synoptic surveys for manatees; track radio-tagged manatees and photograph manatees for photo identification purposes; operate a computer and software such as Excel, Access and Word; assist with regional water temperature monitoring project; data entry, office work and public outreach including working with the media; general cleaning of office and equipment, vehicle, trailer and boat maintenance and other tasks assigned by supervisor; work long, unscheduled hours on short notice that include some evenings, weekends and frequently on holidays. Occasional overnight travel required.

REQUIRED EDUCATION: A bachelor's degree with a major in one of the biological sciences.

REQUIRED 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 50 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 one month of employment

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Applicants having live and dead marine mammal stranding/necropsy experience may be given preference. The ability to safely operate and trailer boats less than 30 feet in length is also highly desired.

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 availability and you must meet eligibility requirements)
  *   Deferred Compensation - voluntary
  *   Employee Assistance Program - voluntary

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Please submit a current resume, list of three references, and a cover letter along with your State of Florida Employment Application in People First, as an attachment.
Applicants are required to submit a complete, up-to-date, State of Florida Employment Application Form electronically in People First (http://jobs.myflorida.com<http://jobs.myflorida.com/>) Enter 77901365 in the search field. If you experience technical difficulties during the application process or when attaching documents, call People First staffing at 1-877-562-7287.

Amber Howell
Research Associate - Marine Mammals
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
19100 SE Federal Highway, Tequesta, FL 33469

Wildlife Alert Hotline: 1-888-404-3922
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