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</o:shapelayout></xml><![endif]--></head><body lang=EN-US link=blue vlink=purple><div class=WordSection1><p><strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>Wildlife Research - Marine Mammals</span></strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'> <o:p></o:p></span></p><p><strong><u><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>TITLE</span></u></strong><strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>: OPS Biological Scientist I </span></strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p><strong><u><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>POSITION #</span></u></strong><strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>: 77902156<u> </u></span></strong><b><u><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><br><br><strong><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>LOCATION</span></strong></span></u></b><strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>: Port Charlotte, FL</span></strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'> <o:p></o:p></span></p><p><strong><u><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>RATE OF PAY</span></u></strong><strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>: $11.00/hour, 40 hours/week</span></strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'> <o:p></o:p></span></p><p><strong><u><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>DESCRIPTION OF JOB DUTIES:</span></u></strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>Duties include but are not limited to recovery of manatee carcasses from a ten county area in Southwest 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 the marine mammal stranding network, including coordination of capture and transportation of injured manatees and cetaceans to the appropriate rehabilitation facility. Conduct aerial surveys of manatees, track radio-tagged manatees and photograph manatees for photo identification purposes. Participate in aerial synoptic surveys for manatees. Operate a computer and software such as Arcview, Excel, Access and Word. Participate in data entry, office work and extensive public outreach including working with the media. Perform tasks such as 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, most weekends and frequently on holidays. Occasional overnight travel required.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p><strong><u><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:</span></u></strong><strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'> </span></strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>A Bachelor's degree with a major in one of the biological sciences.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p><strong><u><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES</span></u></strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>:<o:p></o:p></span></p><p><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>Applicant must obtain boater safety certification within the first six months of employment. Applicant must be able to swim proficiently. Field work is highly physical and applicant must be willing and able to lift 50 lbs. on a regular basis. Must have the ability to work both as a team member as well as independently in various field situations. Must be able to work under adverse field conditions, potentially nights, on weekends and holidays. Must be able to establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships; think logically and apply problem-solving techniques; effectively communicate verbally and in writing; and maintain a valid driver’s License.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p><strong><u><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>PREFERRED EXPERIENCE</span></u></strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>: Marine mammal stranding-response experience is preferred. Knowledge and the ability to use personal computers, field gear, and cameras are highly desired. The ability to safely operate and trailer boats less than 30 feet in length is also highly desired.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p><strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>WHAT IS OPS EMPLOYMENT? </span></strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>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. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p><strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>WHAT BENEFITS ARE APPLICABLE TO OPS EMPLOYEES?</span></strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'> <o:p></o:p></span></p><ul type=disc><li class=MsoNormal style='color:black;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1'><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>State of Florida 401(a) FICA Alternative Plan* - mandatory<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class=MsoNormal style='color:black;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1'><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>Workers’ Compensation - mandatory<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class=MsoNormal style='color:black;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1'><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>Reemployment Assistance (Unemployment Compensation) - mandatory<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class=MsoNormal style='color:black;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1'><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>Participation in state group insurance (upon availability and you must meet eligibility requirements)<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class=MsoNormal style='color:black;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1'><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>Deferred Compensation - voluntary<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class=MsoNormal style='color:black;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1'><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>Employee Assistance Program – voluntary<o:p></o:p></span></li></ul><p><strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>WHAT BENEFITS ARE NOT APPLICABLE TO OPS EMPLOYEES? </span></strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p><ul type=disc><li class=MsoNormal style='color:black;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo2'><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>Any form of paid leave <o:p></o:p></span></li><li class=MsoNormal style='color:black;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo2'><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>Paid holidays<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class=MsoNormal style='color:black;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo2'><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>Participation in the Florida Retirement System<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class=MsoNormal style='color:black;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo2'><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>Reinstatement rights or retention rights<o:p></o:p></span></li></ul><p><strong><u><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: </span></u></strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p><em><b><u><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>Please submit a current resume, three references, and a cover letter along with your State of Florida Employment Application in People First, as an attachment.</span></u></b></em><u><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'> </span></u><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>Applicants are required to submit a complete, up-to-date, State of Florida Employment Application Form electronically in People First (<a href="http://peoplefirst.myflorida.com/">http://peoplefirst.myflorida.com</a>) or faxed to 1-888-403-2110 by the closing date listed. Resumes and supporting documentation may be submitted in People First, but do not replace the requirement for a completed State of Florida Employment Application Form. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p><strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>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. </span></strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p><strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.</span></strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'> <o:p></o:p></span></p><p><strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>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.</span></strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'> <o:p></o:p></span></p><p><strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>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.</span></strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'> <o:p></o:p></span></p><p><strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>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.</span></strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><o:p> </o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><o:p> </o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:12.0pt'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>Denise Boyd</span> <br><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>Research Associate</span> <br><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission</span> <br><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>Fish and Wildlife Research Institute </span><br><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>Southwest Field Lab</span> <o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><o:p> </o:p></p></div></body></html>