OPS Biological Scientist II-Florida

FL Fish & Wildlife Conservation Com
558 South Murphy Road. Wewahitchka, FL 32465
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$15.43 an hour
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This Other Personal Services (OPS) position works with a team of biologists and technicians to manage natural communities and wildlife populations on the Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area (WEA). Assists lead biologist in planning, developing and implementing natural community restoration and wildlife management programs on the area. Provides assistance in the preparation of various plans and documents that guide multiple-use management. Assists with the application of land management treatments including prescribed burning, timber thinning, mowing and chopping, groundcover restoration, chemical control of invasive plants, and maintenance of wildlife openings. Surveys and monitors focal and listed wildlife species using scientifically accepted protocols Conducts vegetation surveys including those of imperiled native flora and monitors vegetation response to habitat manipulations. Plans, develops and oversees construction and maintenance of public use infrastructure including roads, parking areas, kiosks, picnic facilities, campgrounds, trails, observation tower/boardwalk, boat ramps, water control structures, fences, gates, and offices. Assists with management of public recreational use programs. Assists with wildlife disease surveillance. Analyzes and reports data to direct future management decisions. Assists and collaborates with staff on other conservation areas and provides technical assistance to individuals, organizations, and other government agencies regarding wildlife and habitat management including nuisance bear abatement. Participates in team meetings, seminars and workshops relating to wildlife resource management or other training opportunities. Provides presentations to conservation organizations, schools and civic groups.
Minimum Level of Education- Bachelors degree in a life or physical science Knowledge and experience in conducting wildlife surveys with an emphasis on nongame species, analyzing data, and summarizing results. Knowledge and experience with the application of prescribed fire Knowledge and experience with chemical or mechanical control of invasive exotic vegetation Knowledge of ArcGIS and GPS and its application. Ability to operate and maintain 4WD vehicles, tractors, farm implements, ATVs, and outboard motors Ability to work independently and in a variety of weather conditions Ability to work efficiently in a team of diverse people with differing backgrounds Ability to plan and prioritize work assignments, multi-task Ability to deal effectively with customers Ability to communicate effectively with external and internal customers Ability to perform quantitative analysis of scientific data Skill in use of Microsoft Office software (e.g. Word, Excel, Access, etc.)
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