OPS BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST II – FWC in Saint Petersburg, Florida

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Job Category
Full time Positions
$16-18, DOE
Last Date to Apply
Job Description: This position is for a GIS and database analyst within the North Atlantic Right Whale Program in the Marine Mammal Section of the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI). The successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining, processing, and summarizing databases and geodatabases of automatic identification system (AIS) data describing vessel traffic along the Atlantic Coast of the Southeastern U.S. They will identify vessel traffic patterns in and adjacent to right whale critical habitat; develop and maintain processing scripts; regularly check that AIS data is streaming and help troubleshoot any streaming or data processing issues as they arise; ensure that AIS databases meet certain quality standards; regularly back up critical AIS databases; provide technical and analytical support to section staff through use of geographic information systems (GIS), relational databases, programming languages, and other technical tools; and other tasks as assigned by the supervisor. There may be opportunities to work on or develop additional projects of interest beyond those described here such as developing web applications to view right whale sightings and AIS data. This is an OPS position that is funded by a grant requiring annual renewals. Continued employment is dependent on the extension of the project or on new grants being awarded. What is OPS Employment? Other Personal Services (OPS) temporary employer/employee relationship used solely for accomplishing short term or intermittent tasks. OPS employees do not fill established positions and may not be assigned the duties of any vacant authorized position. OPS employees are at-will employees and are subject to actions such as pay changes, changes to work assignment and terminations at the pleasure of the agency head or designee. No moving expenses will be provided.
Qualifications: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the biological sciences and one year of professional biological experience in a field or laboratory program; or a master's degree from an accredited college or university in one of the biological sciences. A valid driver license. Knowledge of GIS methods and programs, spatial analysis techniques, and data management principles. Ability to maintain, process, and summarize spatial data using GIS applications, including relational databases and programming scripts. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, plan and organize work assignments with minimal supervision, and communicate effectively with fellow staff and supervisor. Must be well organized, detail-oriented, self-motivated, and a problem solver. **Preference may be given to candidates who have coursework in GIS and Computer Science; Demonstrated experience with computer programming, working with Python geoprocessing scripts and SQL geodatabases in ArcGIS 10.x, developing metadata, technical writing, knowledge of AIS data structure, experience in the collection, quality-control, and management of spatially-referenced data. To Apply: Direct link to job posting: https://career4.successfactors.com/sfcareer/jobreqcareer?jobId=310761&company=stateoffloP Applicants are required to submit a complete, up-to-date, State of Florida Employment Application Form electronically in People First (http://peoplefirst.myflorida.com) by the closing date listed. Resumes, cover letters, and supporting documentation may be submitted at the same time you are applying online, faxed, or mailed to People First, but do not replace the requirement for a completed State of Florida Employment Application Form. If you experience technical difficulties during the application process or when attaching documents, call People First staffing at 1-877-562-7287.
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