Description of Duties –One (1) Biological Scientist I position is available in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Southwest region with work occurring primarily at the Little Estero Island Critical Wildlife Area (CWA), located in Ft. Myers Beach (Lee County).
•Able to independently survey and accurately record data for large populations of nesting seabirds and shorebirds following protocols outlined on the Florida Shorebird Database (www.FLShorebirdDatabase.org).
•Able to use a GPS to document nesting locations.
•Knowledge of predator tracking and able to determine sources of nest failure.
•Generate weekly reports on nesting and management activities.
•Provide technical assistance to ensure beach management activities, such as raking, do not impact beach-nesting birds.
•Install and maintain signs around nesting areas and other CWA signs, including immediately following storms or other disturbance events.
•Must be familiar with the Florida Shorebird Alliance (http://flshorebirdalliance.org/home.aspx) posting guidelines.
•Effective coordination and communication with private landowners to ensure a cooperative working relationship, including communicating about management activities and addressing any concerns.
•Work with FWC biologists to support existing partnerships; including the Town of Ft. Myers Beach and Audubon Florida, to design and implement strategies for building a supportive constituency for the CWA, particularly among adjacent landowners and residents.
•Engage beach-goers to garner interest and support for the CWA by visiting the area 5 days/week for at least 2 hours/day.
Duties will be confined to the Little Estero Island CWA, adjacent beach nesting bird areas and other nearby important bird areas.
This is a seasonal, field-based position beginning early March 2019 and will last throughout the nesting season (approximately mid-August). Work hours will range from 20 up to 30 hours a week, depending on workload, with total hours for the season not to exceed 480. Bonita Springs is the closest housing option. There will be limited administrative support provided from the Lakeland Office of the FWC.
Knowledge Skills and Abilities – Strong sea- and shorebird identification, nest searching and tracking skills. Experience tracking and identifying predators that occupy beach habitats. Ability to use a GPS, game camera, excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft work and Google Earth or similar geospatial software. Must have a highly flexible work schedule and capable of working with little direct supervision and in hot and humid weather conditions. Experience with mixing and applying herbicide to terrestrial habitats preferred. Strong interpersonal skills for communicating with the public and partners preferred. Applicant must have a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology or similar wildlife related area. Possess a valid driver’s license.
To apply: Submit an application through the State’s People First system for Position Number: 77900646. With you application please submit a resume and a cover letter describing your qualifications and interest in the position.