SALT MARSH BIRD TECHNICIANS – crew leaders (2) and crew members (2) – needed (April 6-July 31, 2020) to assist with a project to examine the effects of prescribed fire on the salt marsh bird community on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Technicians will be seasonal OPS employees with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Technicians will be organized into 2-person teams that will conduct nest searching/monitoring, point counts, habitat sampling, data entry, and daily outboard motorboat and/or airboat operation 5 days a week. Crew leaders will have additional responsibilities including planning and coordinating daily activities, communicating regularly with project PIs, and ensuring maintenance of field equipment. Positions require travel between field sites and occasional visits to the main office in Gainesville, FL. Applicants must have previous field experience and a bachelor’s degree in wildlife, environmental science or related field. Experience with motor boats and trailers required; experience with airboats as well is preferred. Applicants should also be able to identify birds by sight and sound. Experience with nest searching highly preferred. Must be detail-oriented and careful with data collection. Must be able to cope with long days in the sun, variable daily schedule (i.e. mornings somedays, evenings others) and adverse field conditions, be able to swim and have good driving record. Pay is $15/hr for crew leaders and $13/hr for crew members (pre-tax). Housing is provided. Please send cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Amy Schwarzer at Amy.Schwarzer@myfwc.com. Applications reviewed as received. Last date to apply: February 1, 2020.
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.
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 to determine eligibility. Seasonal personnel typically do not qualify.)
* 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.