OPS- Biological Scientist II - 77901638

Employer
State of Florida
Location
Fort Myers, Florida, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
May 14, 2021
Closes
May 28, 2021
Ref
2183411958
Sector
Government
Discipline
Fisheries
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Salary
Requisition No: 369021

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: OPS- Biological Scientist II - 77901638

Position Number: 77901638

Salary: $17.32 an hour

Posting Closing Date: 05/26/2021

Title: OPS Fisheries and Wildlife Biological Scientist II

Working Title: OPS Nonnative Fish and Wildlife Biologist

Salary: $17.32/hour or commensurate with experience, 40 Hours a week

Position number: 77901638

Broadband/Class Code: 19-1023-02/5028

Level of Education: A Bachelor's degree in life or physical sciences.

Region: Southwest

Working hours: 40hrs/week 8-5, M-F, occasional nights and weekend required. Overnight travel may be required.

List of any subordinates supervised: None

Residency requirement: None

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Division: Habitat and Species Conservation

Section: Wildlife Impact Management

Sub-section: Nonnative Fish and Wildlife Program

Address:

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Wildlife Impact Management Section

1922 Victoria Ave.
Unit B

Fort Myers, FL 33901

Supervisor: Daniel Quinn, Wildlife Impact Management Section, Senior Nonnative Fish and Wildlife Biologist IV (Southwest Florida)

Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelor's degree in biological sciences. A valid Florida driver's license required once employee begins work. In addition to submitting a completed state application via People First, applicants are required to submit a current resume and cover letter highlighting their qualifications and expressing their interest in the position.

Description of Position:

The Wildlife Impact Management Section is seeking an energetic and motivated candidate to help address nonnative fish and wildlife in Florida. Primary responsibilities of this position focus on management efforts and Early Detection Rapid Response for high priority nonnative species, including, but not limited to large constrictors, lizards, amphibians, birds and mammals in the South and Southwest region of Florida. Particular focus will include high priority reptiles such as Argentine black and white tegus, Nile monitors, and Burmese pythons. The incumbent will conduct work on public and private land and will be responsible for maintaining good working relations with the public and with partners to help address invasive species issues in Florida.

Primary duties will include:

  • Helping design trapping projects with live traps and camera traps;
  • Opening and closing live traps in urban and rural locations on a daily basis, maintaining bait in traps, releasing by-catch from trapping efforts unharmed, safely and humanely removing nonnative wildlife from traps, live trap repair and construction;
  • Maintaining camera traps in urban and rural locations on a weekly basis;
  • Responding to reports of priority nonnative wildlife and removing invasive, potentially dangerous wildlife using other methods, including hand capture, pellet rifles, firearms, snake hooks, noose poles, net guns, etc.;
  • Caring for captive animals used for education and training;
  • Assisting with operation of the Exotic Species Hotline by answering phone calls from the public and documenting reports of nonnative wildlife observations in a database;
  • Planning survey routes and conducting surveys for nonnative wildlife;
  • Euthanizing nonnative wildlife using humane and approved methods;
  • Collecting, entering, and organizing data on all field activities into the Section's database;
  • Working with private landowners and other land managers to access new monitoring and trapping locations, and coordinating with other agencies and organizations also managing these species;
  • Conducting educational outreach activities and presentations upon request;
  • Running live-capture python training events for natural resource professionals and members of the public;
  • Maintaining and entering vehicles logs, using a state purchasing card and submitting purchase receipts;
  • Maintaining and tracking other equipment and firearms stored at the Fort Myers office;
  • Responding to other wildlife conflict issues as needed.


This position will include extensive driving of state vehicles throughout the South and Southwest Regions (especially Lee, Collier, and Charlotte counties), working independently, and requires an ability to trouble-shoot in the field. Knowledge of nonnative reptiles in Florida and experience handling exotic pets and potentially dangerous wildlife is preferred.

Additional duties may include:
  • Documenting activities in written summary reports using basic statistical analyses, graphs, and tables;
  • Serving on committees and teams as appropriate and attending meetings, workshops, and conferences;
  • Helping to supervise volunteers and interns assisting with nonnative wildlife management activities;
  • Assisting Section staff with public workshops and other stakeholder engagement;
  • Assisting with preparation of educational and outreach activities and trainings on nonnative wildlife issues;
  • Assisting in creating and updating information for the Ask FWC program, and respond to printed or posted requests on FWC's web and social media pages to answer questions about nonnative wildlife;
  • Conduct other activities and tasks as necessary to support other HSC staff in the region.


It is expected that all FWC employees courteously assist Commission constituents to resolve questions or problems they may have on matters relating to the Commission, its programs, or fish and wildlife conservation in general; and garner public support for agency objectives and programs by serving Florida's citizens in a positive and proactive manner.

Knowledge, skills and abilities required for the position:

  • Knowledge of the biological sciences and scientific principles of wildlife biology, ecology, and conservation;
  • Ability to positively and effectively communicate with stakeholders and coworkers;
  • Demonstrated skill in excellent customer service;
  • Familiarity with nonnative species issues;
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced work environment and adhere to time constraints;
  • Ability to drive a 4WD truck off-road;
  • Experience working with the public or stakeholder representatives;
  • Ability to troubleshoot and assist the public while communicating over the phone;


Desired qualifications include:
  • Experience handling reptiles and amphibians;
  • Experience with wildlife trapping techniques;
  • Experience with public speaking;
  • Demonstrated working knowledge and experience handling and caring for captive wildlife;
  • Ability to identify native and nonnative wildlife in Florida;
  • Ability to multi-task as well as work without close supervision when needed;
  • Computer experience (Google Earth, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel and Outlook);
  • Experience operating a motorized boat and driving a trailer;
  • Ability to travel less than 25%.

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.

LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION OR REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS:

Valid Florida driver's license by time of position start date.

WHAT IS OPS EMPLOYMENT? 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.

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.