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  • FWC-FWRI OPS Ecological Data Specialist (OPS Biological Scientist III)

    Guest Kristin Rogers
    • Employer: Florida Fish and Wildlife
      Location: St. Petersburg, FL
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/21/2022
      Open Until Filled: No

    OPS BIO SCI III - 77907649

    Date: Jan 27, 2022

    Location: SAINT PETERSBURG, FL, US, 33701


    Requisition No: 557986 

    Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

    Working Title: OPS Bio Sci III - 77907649

    Position Number: 77907649 

    Salary:  $25/Hour 

    Posting Closing Date: 02/22/2022 

    FWC-FWRI OPS Ecological Data Specialist (OPS Biological Scientist III): 

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking to hire a 40 hour per week OPS Ecological Data Specialist/Consultant to be housed in St. Petersburg, FL.  Our ideal candidate is an ecological scientist with data management, study design, field data collection, and analysis experience. The successful candidate will provide consulting support to FWC staff in all aspects of the data life cycle; they will serve as a scientific data advocate. The candidate will help staff develop clearly defined survey protocols and data collection techniques, develop relational databases with standards and metadata, and create workflow processes for data collection, storage, QA/QC, archival, and distribution. The candidate will work with staff to implement data management concepts and usher project data through the data lifecycle.  In cases where application products are needed, the successful candidate will provide consulting assistance to identify potential low-code or no-code software solutions like ESRI Survey 123 or MS Power Apps. In situations where a .NET application is needed, the successful candidate will collaborate with the application developer on development of application specifications, prioritizing development needs, and creation of a SQL database to meet the scientific parties needs and support the development of a .NET application.  The successful candidate will have opportunities to work on a wide variety of conservation-related projects in a unique and rewarding collaborative working environment. The salary is $25 per hour (there is no state income tax in Florida) and includes full health benefits. To apply please submit a cover letter describing your qualifications and interest in the position, along with a CV, through the Florida State PeopleFirst system by February 21st, 2022.  



    Minimum Qualifications: 

    At least a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in natural sciences, data science, statistics, or a related field. Three or more years of professional database management experience is preferred.  Preference may be given to applicants who have experience with fish and wildlife data collection and analysis, relational database management, application development, natural resource data management, and/or a doctorate from an accredited college or university in statistics, data science, or one of the natural sciences.  

    Knowledge, skills, and abilities: 

    Must have excellent written and oral communication skills  

    Must be able to understand and appreciate natural resource problems from the perspective of a biologist or resource manager  

    Must be able to identify and define technical needs, and assist with project prioritization to ensure priority project needs are met in a timely fashion 

    Must be able to produce database & application user manuals in a manner that is easily shared with and understood by biologists 

    Must be proficient with Excel, Access, and SQL 

    Must have applied database and application development experience 

    Must be familiar with database and interface design principals, data standardization methodologies, relational database structures, and normalizing & optimization techniques 

    Must be able to multi-task and work independently to plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments 

    Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with research staff, including personnel stationed at field offices throughout the state of Florida 

    Experience with fish and wildlife data collection and analysis techniques preferred 

    Familiarity with low code tools and application development is preferred, including but not limited to ESRI Survey123, ESRI Collector, ESRI Field Maps, ArcGIS Online, Fulcrum, MS Access, MS PowerApps, MS PowerBI 

     Hourly Salary: $25.00 

    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. 

    If you experience technical difficulties during the application process or when attaching documents, call People First staffing at 1-877-562-7287. 


    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: Tampa

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