Description of duties: If you are looking for a field-oriented job where you get to work outside, have a lot of interesting and important responsibilities, and be part of team whose goal is to manage one of Florida’s natural areas, look no further! FWC is seeking a highly motivated candidate to assist with the management of Okaloacoochee Slough (OK Slough) Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Hendry County, FL. This position serves as a full-time, Fish & Wildlife Technician on a highly productive team to restore and enhance habitats for the benefit of a variety of wildlife and for the enjoyment of Florida residents and visitors. Responsibilities include the restoration and maintenance of wildlife habitat through prescribed fire, firebreak maintenance, native plantings, and mechanical and chemical vegetation control (e.g., mowing, roller chopping, herbicide application) throughout the area. The successful candidate must be field-oriented and will serve as a key member of the WMA’s prescribed burn team.
Additional duties include operation and maintenance of area equipment including trucks, ATV/UTVs, swamp buggies, tractors and their implements, and various small equipment (e.g., water pumps, mowers, chainsaws, weed eaters, etc.) in accordance with manufacturer and industry recommendations. Applicant must possess the ability to troubleshoot and repair equipment and follow manufacturer’s recommendations for periodic preventative maintenance. The successful candidate will assist with the operation of hunter check stations on the WMA to collect biological data of hunter harvested game and will assist biologists with wildlife survey efforts.
The position also will assist with the planning, development, and maintenance of projects, public use facilitation, building maintenance, and fence, gate, and sign construction and maintenance. The applicant will interact with various partner agencies and the public to provide information concerning wildlife and area management, rules, and regulations. Occasionally will attend regional and divisional meetings, various trainings, or will assist on other WMAs as needed.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Ability to operate and maintain farm tractors and implements, pumper trucks, transports, ATVs, UTVs, welders, hand and power tools and outboard motors; ability to work independently and in a variety of weather conditions; ability to plan and organize work assignments; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. Incumbent should be comfortable working independently in the field with biting insects, have experience operating various farm equipment, ATVs/UTVs and handheld GPS devices, and be able to manage several assignments simultaneously. Incumbent is expected to have a strong work 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 shall have good organizational skills and be able to work in a fast-paced or changing environment. Applicants with a valid Class A CDL and S-130/S-190 wildland fire certifications preferred. . Requires a high school diploma or GED and to reside within a 25-mile radius of the Okaloacoochee Slough Field Office.