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OPS Biological Scientist I - 77990832 1 - SAINT PETERSBURG - 33701

Employer
Local Staffing
Location
Saint Petersburg, Florida, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Nov 26, 2021

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Sector
Academic / Research
Field
Informatics / GIS
Discipline
Wetlands
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
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Requisition No: 512120
Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Working Title: OPS Biological Scientist I - 77990832 1
Position Number: 77990832
Salary: $18-$20/hr, depending on experience
Posting Closing Date: 12/03/2021
Duties: Provide primarily laboratory and field support for research projects within coastal wetlands research program of the Ecosystem Assessment & Restoration Section. Specific duties to include: Oversee laboratory activities and provide training to staff and interns on methods and quality control standards; Plan, implement, and perform field work related to biological research in coastal wetlands. Supervise interns and delegate project tasks; Perform analysis and quality control of data and maintenance and organization of project data and files, including geospatial and elevation survey data; Conduct literature searches on coastal habitats and their structure and function; Assist with report and manuscript preparation and writing tasks, including text and visual elements; Coordinate vehicle safety and maintenance tasks, and submit monthly vehicle logs; Development of and participation in public outreach activities as appropriate; and performing other duties related to the scientific projects as required.

Although most work will be conducted during normal business hours, evening and weekend work may be required for some time-sensitive tasks and field efforts. Some overnight travel (up to 50 % of time) for field duties may be required.

This position is supported by state and federal funding sources. Continued employment is dependent upon annual funding availability and renewal of associated grants. Current available funding is anticipated through June 2023 but could be extended indefinitely pending new funding sources.

Minimum requirements: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the biological sciences. Valid Driver License
** Preference may be given to candidates who have a degree in the following disciplines, Ecology, Biology, Geology/Earth Science, Chemistry, Marine Science, Oceanography or a closed related field.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Must be able to perform detailed work accurately; utilize problem solving techniques; plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; and work independently. Proficient with personal computers and Microsoft Office applications (MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint). Familiar with a laboratory environment and able to follow detailed methodologies and adhere to standard laboratory safety practices. Must be able to lift 50 lbs.

Applicants with the following qualifications may be given preference:
A Master's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the natural sciences.
Experience trailering and operating small vessels up to 25 ft in length.
Experience in performing field work or laboratory work associated with estuarine or coastal wetland science.
Experience with data management and quality control and/or sample chain of custody
Experience with scientific writing, editing, statistics, and/or ArcGIS software.

In addition to this application, please upload a CV/resume, contact information for 3 references, a cover letter and unofficial transcripts or copy of diploma.

WHAT IS OPS EMPLOYMENT? Other Personal Services (OPS) 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 (must meet eligibility requirements. Consult with People First or the servicing Human Resource Office for details.)
* 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.
Nearest Major Market: Tampa
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