EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Florida Fish and Wildlife Seeking Two OPS Fish & Wildlife Technicians
By Space Coast Daily // March 13, 2017
salary is $13.21 to $15 per hour
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is seeking two OPS Fish & Wildlife Technicians. The salary is $13.21 to $15 per hour and the posting closing date is March 24.
Description of duties:
Two technician positions are available. Predominant duties and pay rate may vary between the two positions, depending on the skill and experience level of candidates.
Both positions will work with biologists in the Species Conservation Planning Section to assist with the duties described below:
Wildlife Surveys: Assists FWC Northeast and North Central regional species conservation biologists and Critical Wildlife Area coordinator in surveying nesting sea- and shorebird populations following monitoring and data entry protocols outlined on the Florida Shorebird Database (www.FLShorebirdDatabase.org ). Will also collect related data on nest success and productivity.
Management Practices: Assists with posting of signs for management at Critical Wildlife Areas and other nearby sites where birds are nesting. Help maintain signs that are posted around nesting sites throughout the nesting season, especially immediately following storms or other disturbance events. This work often requires effective coordination with managers of the sites where posting is being conducted. Construct and maintain decoys. Perform other related and necessary work as required.
Stewardship: Responsible for maintaining posted signs to ensure areas are continuously protected. Approach beach-goers in a positive and friendly manner to effectively inform the public about the birds and reasons why areas are posted, especially during times of high beach usage, such as Memorial and Independence Day weekends. Report violations to law enforcement as needed.
Work will be conducted at Critical Wildlife Areas and, potentially, nearby sites on Amelia Island, Nassau Sound, Fort George Inlet (Huguenot Park), Anastasia Island, Matanzas Inlet, and other areas.
Work for this position will begin in late March or early April and last through August. As this is a near-exclusive field-oriented position, no office space will be provided. Candidates must have access to a computer for purposes of data entry and communications.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Experience working for a natural resource management agency preferred. Must have strong sea- and shorebird identification skills and strong data management skills. Experience working on the ecology, conservation, or management of seabird or shorebird populations, or other non-game wildlife species preferred. Must have good abilities to communicate and work effectively with others.
Ability to use computers efficiently is required. Must possess a valid Driver’s License, and be able to drive a 4×4 pick-up truck and ATV. Must have a highly flexible work schedule (including weekend availability) and be capable of working effectively with little direct supervision, in remote locations, and under hot and humid weather conditions.