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OPS Biological Scientist I - Big Bend Region - APALACHICOLA - 32328

Local Staffing
Eastpoint, Florida, US
Closing date
Oct 14, 2021

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Employment Type
Full time
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Requisition No: 480043
Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Working Title: OPS Biological Scientist I - Big Bend Region
Position Number: 77907431
Salary: $15/hour
Posting Closing Date: 10/18/2021
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI)
Section: Marine Fisheries Research

"No moving expenses provided"

Job Description
This is an OPS (Other Personal Service) position. It offers no benefits or moving expenses. Occasional overtime hours may occur. Hours worked over 40 per week, Friday to Thursday, are considered overtime and are paid @ 1.5 times the regular wage.)

Job Duties:
Conduct directed field research and monitoring of commercial fisheries from Florida's Gulf of Mexico waters by collecting detailed biostatistical data, including but not limited to: species composition, sex ratio, fish weight, and size of fish and shellfish from commercial catches. Interview fishermen to gather additional data on catch rates, effort, gear, and area fished. This position will also collect samples from marine fish for stock assessments and genetic analysis. Compile and enter data into databases as necessary. Data must be prepared and delivered in a timely manner. Evaluate collection procedures and suggest modifications. Participate in the development of methodologies for collecting appropriate biostatistical data on new and emerging fisheries. Maintain field sampling equipment. Additional duties may include data analysis, production of tables and figures for publication, participation in technical or scientific reports, and occasional sampling of recreational fisheries. The qualified applicant would be based at the Eastpoint Field Lab in Eastpoint, FL. The position requires frequent day-time travel throughout Gulf, Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, and Taylor Counties, occasional overnight travel to St. Petersburg, and opportunities to travel to other regions of Florida as needed. Perform other duties related to program and facility functions as requested by section supervisor. May participate in public outreach efforts, as appropriate.

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

Preferred Experience
Experience removing otoliths through the gills
Gulf of Mexico fish ID
Scientific data collection

Knowledge, Skill(s), and Abilities
Knowledge of and ability to: Identify marine fish and invertebrates from Florida's Gulf of Mexico waters; apply scientific sampling methodology and statistical techniques for analyzing fisheries data. Ability to: conduct field sampling of commercial and recreational catches of fish and interview fishers to obtain characteristics of their fishing trips; operate computers including tablets; submit travel electronically; use MS Office and other appropriate computer software; establish and maintain effective working relationships with FWC and other agency staff, and with commercial fishers and dealers; communicate effectively with the public and maintain field sampling equipment.

Where To Apply
Applicants are required to apply through People First by the closing date listed. Resumes and supporting documentation may be submitted at the same time of application online.

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.
* State of Florida 401(a) FICA Alternative Plan - mandatory
* Workers' Compensation - mandatory
* Reemployment Assistance (Unemployment Compensation) - mandatory
* Participation in state group insurance (must meet eligibility requirements. Consult with People First or the servicing Human Resource Office to determine eligibility.)
* Deferred Compensation - voluntary
* Employee Assistance Program - voluntary
* 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
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.
Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee
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