Description of duties: Incumbent will be responsible for day to day operations on the Dinner Island Ranch WMA located in Clewiston, FL. This OPS Biological Scientist II position is field oriented concentrating mainly on habitat management, hunter check station operation, conducting wildlife surveys, and assisting the lead area biologist with various projects assigned. Specific duties of this position include prescribed burning, chemical vegetation control, hunter check station oversight and operation (including collection of biological samples from harvested game), water level monitoring and maintenance, conducting wildlife surveys (Crested Caracara, herpetofauna), maintaining area grounds, and other project oversight. Other responsibilities include dove field preparation, native tree/shrub planting, collecting and entering wildlife survey data, writing reports, equipment maintenance, custodial functions, and conducting other activities as assigned.
Incumbent should be comfortable working independently in the field in inclement weather with biting insects, have experience operating ATVs/UTVs and handheld GPS devices, have reliable transportation to/from the jobsite, have a cell phone that works well across Hendry County to communicate with other staff during working hours, able to work independently in remote areas once trained, and able to manage several assignments simultaneously. Incumbent is expected to have a strong work and team ethic in support of goals and objectives in managing the area, including good communication skills with team members, agency staff, and diverse public users. Incumbent must be able to operate heavy equipment, tools, lift at least 50 pounds, walk or stand for extended time periods, and work irregular hours (weekends, early mornings and evenings as needed). Incumbent shall have good organizational skills, be familiar with native flora and fauna, and adapt to a fast-paced or changing environment.
This is a 40-hour per week position. Work hours are generally M-F 8-5 including specific weekends as assigned during the hunting seasons (early mornings/late evenings). The anticipated hire date is 7/28/2017 but may be extended until the end of August.
Level of Education and Other Requirements: Minimum B.S. degree with a major in one of the biological sciences such as wildlife conservation, forestry, natural resources management, environmental science or related subject. Incumbent must have a minimum of 6 months of experience related to specific duties listed. Incumbent must have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and cell phone. Applicants with S-130 and S-190 certifications preferred. Incumbent must be proficient in using Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook).
To Apply: Applicants are required to submit a complete, up-to-date, State of Florida Employment Application Form electronically in People First (http://peoplefirst.myflorida.com) by the closing date listed. Limit resume and CV to 3 pages maximum each. Include 3 references with your application. Resumes and supporting documentation may be submitted at the same time you are applying online, faxed, or mailed to People First, but do not replace the requirement for a completed State of Florida Employment Application Form.