This Other Personal Services (OPS) position works with one biologist and one other technician to manage wildlife populations and their habitats on the Apalachee Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Incumbent operates and maintains heavy equipment used to complete management projects on the area. Responsible for maintenance, diagnosis of problems and repairs of equipment including bulldozer, front-end loader/backhoe, dump truck, farm tractors, mowers, trucks, trailers, ATVs, outboard motors, chainsaws and construction equipment. Assists with the development and maintenance of area improvements such as informational signs, kiosks, check station, roads, parking areas, levees, fences, gates, water control structures, equipment storage facilities and offices. Maintenance activities require experience and skills in electrical, carpentry, plumbing, painting and welding. Conducts habitat management activities which include the use of specialized mechanical equipment for clearing and chopping dense vegetation, controlled burning, groundcover restoration, preparation and planting wildlife forage plants, and chemical or mechanical control of invasive pest plants. Assists area biologist in conducting wildlife surveys. Monitors vegetation response to habitat manipulations. Assists with management of public hunts, including check station operation, monitoring public use through traffic counters, and collecting biological data from hunter harvested animals including deer Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) specimens. Performs routine administrative responsibilities such as submitting biweekly timesheets, harvest reports, vehicular operation cost records, monthly progress reports, preparing purchase order requests and coding invoices to proper accounts. Assists other wildlife management areas as directed and provides technical assistance to individuals, organizations, and other government agencies regarding wildlife and habitat management including nuisance bear abatement. Participates in regional and divisional coordination meetings or training programs. Completes other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge and experience in electrical, carpentry, plumbing, welding, and painting
Knowledge and experience with the application of prescribed fire Knowledge and experience with chemical or mechanical control of invasive exotic vegetation
Knowledge of GIS (Geospatial Information Systems) and GPS (Global Positioning Systems)
Ability to operate, maintain, diagnose, and repair heavy equipment, tractors, farm implements, ATVs, and outboard motors
Ability to work independently and in a variety of weather conditions
Ability to plan and prioritize work assignments, multi-task
Ability to deal effectively with customers
Ability to communicate effectively with external and internal customers
Working hours: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, may require some night or weekend duty
Residency requirement: Florida, must reside within a 25 mile radius of the Apalachee Wildlife Management Area.
Level of Education- High School Diploma or greater
License Requirements: Required to obtain and maintain a valid Florida Drivers License
Applications must be completed online at https://jobs.myflorida.com