The FWC’s South Region is seeking a highly motivated candidate to join a team of biologists and technicians on J. W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Palm Beach 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 who assists with all aspects of management of the WMA including application of 8,000 acres of prescribed fire annually and conducting mechanical and chemical vegetation control (e.g., mowing, roller chopping, herbicide) to manage habitats. Habitat improvement is focused on imperiled and locally important species including red-cockaded woodpecker, white-tailed deer, and wild turkey. The successful candidate will assist with the operation of hunter check stations on the 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 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.
Residency requirement: Employee must reside within a 25-mile radius of JW Corbett WMA. Employee housing option (RV pad with hookups) may be available at the J.W. Corbett WMA field office.
Level of Education: High School or GED.
Must obtain a State of Florida Class A commercial driver’s license within 180 days of appointment and maintain licensure thereafter.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
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
Employment in this position is contingent upon a satisfactory criminal history check. The criminal history check must be completed prior to or within the first thirty days of employment.