OPS RESEARCH ASSISTANT - 77907382

Employer
State of Florida
Location
Saint Petersburg, Florida, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
May 07, 2021
Closes
May 14, 2021
Ref
2166328811
Discipline
GIS
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Salary
Requisition No: 362943

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: OPS RESEARCH ASSISTANT - 77907382

Position Number: 77907382

Salary: $17 - $20/hr. depending on experience

Posting Closing Date: 05/12/2021

The Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Program at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute invites applications for a Research Assistant to support varied monitoring and research activities focused on a diversity of HABs in Florida's estuarine, coastal, and offshore systems. The successful candidate will maintain and help deploy/recover oceanographic equipment and instrumentation, participate in interdisciplinary fieldwork, and be responsible for vessel operation, maintenance, and trailering. They will also support ongoing collaborative lab and field activities by conducting robust data collection and/or analysis and interacting with databases as needed. The position is located in St. Petersburg, FL and is a full-time, hourly position ($17.00 - $20.00/hr., depending on experience). Continued employment is anticipated but contingent upon performance and annual state appropriations. Training will be provided to well-qualified candidates.

Job Description

The employee will be responsible for supporting field campaigns, including:
  • maintaining, calibrating, and operating oceanographic field equipment (YSIs, CTD packages, in situ chlorophyll sensors, HOBO loggers, others) with flow-through, in situ, and/or vertical profiling and logging capabilities;
  • crewing and captaining small vessels in both inshore and offshore environments on day trips and serving as crew on multi-day efforts (≥1 week), participating in other field work as needed;
  • supporting ongoing directed studies by conducting both routine monitoring and event response efforts involving collection of seawater and environmental data according to specified protocols;
  • designing, fabricating, and/or installing new infrastructure (e.g., on vessels, in labs, telemetered, as part of SOPs) to facilitate use of HAB instrumentation (including those listed above, Imaging Flow CytoBots, others) for a diversity of research projects and monitoring efforts;
  • providing support by downloading and processing data from instrumentation, entering and maintaining data to high standards in databases, proofing data, and conducting data analysis as needed for specific projects;
  • performing basic laboratory duties (e.g. lab maintenance, preparation of field sampling kits).


Duties will be divided roughly as such: 20% of the time contributing to field campaigns (routine and event response sample collection) including crewing and operation of vessels; 15% of time conducting pre- and post-field effort activities, i.e. preparing field kits, organizing and testing instruments/gear prior to field ops, and post-field downloading and entering/proofing of data; 25% of time assisting coordinated and ongoing oceanographic research and monitoring activities (lab and field) including data processing, maintaining database integrity, and basic programing where applicable ; 20% of time to maintain, perform routine calibrations, and operate oceanographic and laboratory equipment (e.g. YSI sondes, Seabird CTDs, IFCBs, etc.); 10% of time for vessel enhancements, development, design and installations of new instruments and equipment; 10% of the time to vessel/trailer maintenance and safety checks.

Minimum Requirements

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the physical or natural sciences or mathematics. Experience in one of the physical or natural sciences or mathematics can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.

**Preference may be given to candidates that have demonstrated experience with small vessel trailering, captaining, and maintenance (minimum 100 hours aboard small vessels 18' - 28'). Preference may also be given to candidates that possess expertise in the use and maintenance of oceanographic instruments; knowledge of oceanographic instruments (Xylem/YSI, SeaBird), data base systems (Access and/or SQL) and programming languages (Matlab, R, and/or Python).

Knowledge, Skill(s), and Abilities

Knowledge of: one of the physical or natural sciences; small vessel operation and maintenance; methods of data collection; standard water sampling techniques; function and maintenance of oceanographic instruments and equipment; standard laboratory equipment, techniques and terminology; laboratory safety; Microsoft Office including Excel; GIS and/or other mapping tools and software; data organization using Access, Matlab, R, Python or comparable program(s). Skills to: trailer, maintain, and operate small vessels; demonstrate basic seamanship, boat-handling, and watercraft safety; maintain, operate, and calibrate field equipment (not limited to CTDs, sensors, flow-through systems); collect, record, and analyze lab/field data; participate in HAB monitoring and event response activities as needed; provide basic database and programing support for field and lab research activities and learn new related skills as needed; integrate new field sampling tools into routine monitoring and conduct necessary validation exercises. The Ability to : work effectively and efficiently in the field and laboratory; work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced work environment; multitask; complete duties in a timely manner; prioritize work assignments with supervisor's assistance; methodically follow standard operating protocols and technical instrument manuals; maintain and troubleshoot quality control standards in the laboratory/field; perform basic analyses of field samples and data; play a supporting and collaborative role in lab and field experiments; establish standard operating procedures; conduct problem-solving in a rational manner; communicate effectively with supervisor and co-workers; and provide regular updates to supervisor.

Where To Apply

Applicants are required to 1) submit a complete, up-to-date, State of Florida Employment Application Form electronically in People First (http://peoplefirst.myflorida.com) by the closing date listed; and 2) please provide a single PDF containing a cover letter and resume or CV to the following email address: fwrihab19@gmail.com. You must complete both steps to submit a complete application. Supporting documentation may be submitted at the same time you are applying (online, faxed, or mailed) to People First, but does not replace the requirement for a completed State of Florida Employment Application Form.

To learn about the FWC HAB Program, please visit: http://myfwc.com/research/redtide/.

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

WHAT BENEFITS ARE NOT APPLICABLE TO OPS EMPLOYEES?
  • Any form of paid leave
  • Paid holidays
  • Participation in the Florida Retirement System
  • Reinstatement rights or retention rights

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.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). 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.

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