Description of Positions:
The Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Refuge Complex hopes to be able to hire three term Biological Science Technicians (GS-0404-4) beginning on or before 18 January 2021. These are term appointments, and will terminate on or before 180 work days after the official start date (likely on or before 30 September 2021). Primary duties will include:
1) Biological surveys, inventories and other monitoring projects;
2) Inventory and treatment of invasive plants and animals;
3) Public outreach, data collection and data entry; and
4) Miscellaneous refuge management activities such as lethal predator control, equipment/facility maintenance, and trail clearing. These positions offer selected persons the ability to gain a wide range of career building experience, while contributing to the critically needed management activities on two National Wildlife Refuges.
Biological Science Technicians are expected to work 40 hours per week, with occasional weekend and nighttime work. Term employees will be required to operate and maintain kayaks, ATV’s, UTV’s, swamp buggies, outboard motorboats, and various other types of motorized equipment. Successful completion of the federal Motorboat Operator Certification Course (MOCC) and ATV/UTV Certification Course will be required to operate specific equipment, and may be provided for these positions as necessary.
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.
Depending on COVID-19 limitations, Government housing may be available as a rental option on the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge during employment (~$388/person/month, but possibly less). 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. These are GS-4 Step 1 positions.
The desired official start date for these positions is on or before 18 January 2021, but this is dependent upon final confirmation by Human Resources. COVID-19 limitations may impact starting dates and hiring.
Application and Selection: E-Mail cover letter, resume, transcript, and at least three references as a SINGLE DOCUMENT (.pdf preferred) on or before 18 September 2020 to: email@example.com Please include “2021 Biological Science Technician” in the subject line of the email. Final hiring decisions are dependent upon Regional leadership approval, COVID-19 limitations and the selected candidates’ successful completion of a background and/or security investigation.
More information about the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Refuge Complex can be found at:
1. Have proof of U.S. citizenship and possession of a valid state issued driver’s license.
2. Passing of a background and/or security investigation.
3. Commit to a maximum of 180 work days.
4. Ability to lift up to 45 lbs to perform work, carrying packs and equipment.
5. Tolerant of heat, biting insects and the presence of venomous snakes and poisonous plants in the field.
6. Prior work experience and/or education in the biological sciences is preferred, especially with regards to wildlife telemetry, handling snakes, monitoring sea turtles, plant identification, bird identification, and conducting various wildlife surveys.
7. Capable of performing lethal wildlife control activities to minimize sea turtle nest depredation.
8. Prior GPS and GIS experience.
9. Have personal transportation. No public transportation is available due to remote living and working conditions. Work vehicle is provided by USFWS for official Government use only.
10. Be comfortable sharing living quarters with a diversity of individuals.
11. Able to swim.