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Biological Science Technician – Florida
USFWS - National Wildlife Refuges
Sanibel Island Florida
Last Date to Apply
The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge natural resource program is seeking one Biological Science Technician beginning February 2021. This is a Federal Government term appointment that will terminate on or before 180 workdays after the official start date (likely end of October/Early November 2021). The Refuge Complex is located on Sanibel Island off the southwest coast of Florida near Fort Myers. The Complex manages over 7,000 acres of mangrove forest, sub-tropical hardwood, estuary and fresh-water wetland resources for a variety fish and wildlife species. Ideal candidates should be self-motivated and be able to work independently after an introductory instructional period and willing to work long hours in hot and humid field conditions. Additionally, applicants should have good written and oral communication skills; work well with staff, volunteers, and visiting scientists.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Biological technician will gather valuable and diverse field experience. Primary duties of this position include:
1.) Biological surveys and inventories;
2.) Habitat restoration projects;
3.) Treatment of non-native invasive plants;
4). Data collection, entry, and analysis;
5.) Participation in conservation working groups and collaborative research projects; and
6.) Public outreach and visitor services.
Biological surveys include but are not limited to: migratory bird, shorebird, wading bird, colonial nesting bird, gopher tortoise, small mammal trapping, camera trap deployment, mangrove forest monitoring, seagrass surveys, and water quality monitoring. Restoration projects include hydrologic restoration of estuarine mangrove forests, hydrologic restoration of freshwater marshes, restoration of historical oyster reefs and upland tropical hardwood forests. Additional duties include field sample processing and analysis in laboratory, data entry, report writing, invasive species control, rookery island cleanup, and other duties as assigned. Technicians will be required to operate and maintain kayaks and outboard motorboats. Successful completion of the federal Motorboat Operator Certification Course (MOCC) will be required to operate specific equipment, and may be provided for this position as available. Work will be performed in various office and outdoor environments. Utilization of GIS, GPS and various database management software will be required. The work performed involves regular and recurring exposure to extreme weather conditions (e.g., high heat and humidity), thick vegetative conditions, venomous snakes, poisonous plants (e.g., widespread poison ivy), biting insects, and wild animals. Individuals must be willing and able to work independently in the field without direct supervision/assistance, as well as in a diverse team setting. Biological Science Technicians must be in good physical condition, able to swim, and able to hike one-way distances of up to 3 miles over rough terrain while carrying loads of up to 45 pounds.
More information about the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge Complex can be found at: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/jn_ding_darling/
• U.S. citizenship with a least a B.A. / B.S. in a biological/natural resource field from an accredited university.
• Applicants must be available to work a 40 hr. work week and willing to adjust work schedules and hours to accommodate individual wildlife surveys with some night and weekend work.
• A valid driver’s license is required to be able to drive government vehicles.
• Must pass a federal background check and drug test
• If staying in government housing, be comfortable sharing living quarters with a diversity of individuals.
• Able to swim
Preferred Field Experience: identification of birds by sight and sound, experience in wildlife survey techniques, kayaking, GPS/GIS proficiency, and MS Excel and Word computer skills. Ideal candidates should be self-motivated, have good written and oral communication skills, work well with staff, volunteers, and visiting scientists, and be able to work independently after an introductory instructional period. Candidates should also be willing and able to work long hours in hot and humid field conditions with biting and stinging insects, poison ivy and in small boats for extended periods of time.
This position is a Biological Science Technician position with a compensation level of General Schedule (GS-4, Step 1). Pay information for federal General Schedule (GS) employees can be found at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/ Select “Hourly Rate” GS pay table for “Rest of United States” to get an estimate of hourly pay.
Government housing is available for rent on the refuge during season of employment. Estimated rent per room is ~ $275.00 per month. Housing rent includes utilities and internet access.
To apply for this position, please email a concise and detailed resume with current phone/email contact information, transcripts, and at least three (3) references as a SINGLE DOCUMENT to Jeremy_Conrad@fws.gov by Sunday October 25th, 2020. Resume should include specific experience and skills relevant to the position. All documents submitted must include your last name as part of the file name (i.e. last-name resume.doc or last-name transcript.pdf). Please include “2021 Biological Science Technician” in the subject line of the email. Final hiring decisions are dependent upon Regional leadership and refuge management approval as well as background check/security investigation.