The FWC’s Northeast Region is seeking a highly motivated candidate to join a team of biologists and technicians on Triple N Ranch and Herky Huffman Bull Creek Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) in Osceola County, FL. This position serves as a Fish and Wildlife Technician on a highly productive team of land managers to restore and enhance habitats for the benefit of a variety of species and for the enjoyment of Florida residents and visitors. The successful candidate will be a key team member responsible for all aspects of management of the WMAs including application of ~12,000 acres of prescribed fire annually and conducting mechanical and chemical vegetation control (mowing, roller chopping, herbicide, etc.) to manage habitats. Habitat improvement is focused on imperiled and locally important species including, but not limited to, red-cockaded woodpecker, striped newt, northern bobwhite, white-tailed deer, and wild turkey. Additionally, this position will assist with planting of wildlife food plots to benefit wildlife and ensure a high-quality recreational experience for area users on Triple N Ranch WMA. The successful candidate will assist with the operation of hunter check stations on the two WMAs as well as Fort Drum WMA to collect biological data of hunter harvested game.
Additionally, the position will assist with infrastructure construction, maintenance, and repair, including roads, trails, culverts, fences, gates, signs, and buildings. The position will operate, maintain, and repair area equipment and vehicles including trucks, tractors, ATVs, heavy equipment, and various implements (disc harrows, mowers, sprayers, etc.). Incumbent also must possess the ability to troubleshoot and repair small engines. The incumbent will interact with various partner agencies and the public to provide information concerning wildlife and area management, rules and regulations. Occasionally the incumbent will attend regional and divisional meetings as well as various trainings as needed.
Ability to operate, maintain and repair heavy equipment and associated implements
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Ability to plan and organize work assignments
Familiar with outdoor recreational activities
Skilled in construction activities including carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and welding
Knowledge of wildlife and land management practices, such as prescribed burning and herbicide use for vegetation control
Basic use of personal computers
Ability to work outdoors under harsh conditions (heat, rain, biting insects, rough terrain, etc.)
Ability to frequently push, pull and/or carry more than 50 pounds