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    Black Rail OPS Seasonal Technician

    • Employer: Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
      Location: St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge, Florida
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/18/2019
      Open Until Filled: No

    OPS SEASONAL TECHNICIAN (April 5, 2019 to late August 2019, $15/hr pre-tax) will conduct research on Eastern black rail and, as time allows, seaside sparrow on St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge in Florida’s Panhandle. Technician will assist principal investigator with trapping and attaching radio transmitters to black rails. They will be responsible for conducting surveys for black rail and seaside sparrow, tracking tagged birds, measuring habitat characteristics, and monitoring water levels. Technician will operate 4-wheel drive trucks and potentially an ATV/UTV in sandy and/or marshy conditions on a daily basis. They will communicate with the project principle investigator regarding daily field activities, completion of project objectives and any problems that may arise during the field season. They will also be responsible for regular communication, coordination and good relations with refuge staff. St. Vincent is an off-shore island and technician will stay in cabin with generator on-island 5 days/4 nights a week, which they will be expected to keep clean and orderly. Cabin may be shared at times with other researchers. Housing on mainland will be provided over the weekend. Position may require occasional visits to the main research office in Gainesville, FL. 

    Required Skills/Experience: Previous field experience with birds and a bachelor’s degree in wildlife, environmental science or related field. Previous radio telemetry, especially tracking, experience. Experience with data collection and entry. Ability to cope with long days in the sun, adverse weather conditions, and biting insects. Able to walk long distances in swampy environment. Ability to work independently, often alone for multiple days at a time while maintaining work ethic and safety. Good driving record and experience with 4x4 vehicles. Preferred skills: Experience working with imperiled/listed avian species. Experience with multiple methods of bird trapping, handling, and transmitter attachment. Innovative problem-solving with regards to trap design and electronics. Experience operating ATVs/UTVs.   

    Please send cover letter, resume with relevant experience and 3 references to Amy Schwarzer (Amy.SchwarzerATmyfwc.com). Applications will be reviewed as received.


    * 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. Seasonal personnel typically do not qualify.)    

    * 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.

    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.

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