This OPS position will assist and supplement Big Bend WMA staff in habitat management activities and the maintenance of facilities and roads on 70,000+ acres of natural communities across the 5 units of the Big Bend Wildlife Management Area, located in Taylor and Dixie counties along approximately 100 miles of coastline on the Gulf of Mexico. Duties will include the following:
• Assure that FWC vehicles and equipment are maintained in accordance with manufacturer recommendations and assure that all fire-related equipment is maintained in continual fire-ready status.
• Fully participate on prescribed burns, primarily in a holding and mop-up capacity, depending on qualifications.
• Safely, effectively, and efficiently operate and maintain equipment, such as trucks, trailers, ATVs, tractors, mowers, disk harrows, chainsaws, bulldozers, front-end loaders, dump trucks, transports, graders, track-hoes, and various hand tools.
• Conduct habitat management activities, such as improving and maintaining firelines, roller chopping, mowing, disking, clearing, and mechanical and chemical vegetation control.
• Maintain area facilities, such as roads, signs, kiosks, check stations, parking areas, water control structures, sheds and offices, and wildlife nesting structures. Maintenance activities may require experience in electrical, plumbing, carpentry, welding, and painting.
• Assist staff with keeping work compound, buildings, and equipment clean and organized.
• Complete various prescribed burning training and other habitat management-related courses as appropriate. Employee will be required to successfully complete and maintain prescribed burn training as per FWC policy that allows for serving as an independent burn crew member.
• Assist WMA staff with other duties as required and assigned.
(Note: this is not a Career Service Position and does not receive paid holidays or paid leave.)
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Ability and willingness to perform difficult physical work for extended and irregular periods, under adverse conditions and in various extremes of weather; ability to work both independently and as part of a team; demonstrate good situational awareness and the ability to communicate with colleagues; ability to safely, effectively, and efficiently use and maintain a variety of hand tools, vehicles, and equipment; ability to plan and organize work assignments effectively and efficiently; basic use of personal computers.
• High school diploma or equivalent
• Current and valid driver’s license
• Current and valid Florida Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL) or willingness to obtain one
• Completion of S-130 and S-190, Florida Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Training, and/or willingness to obtain training
• Experience in wildland fire and/or land management
• Mechanical experience, e.g. troubleshooting and repairing trucks, ATVs/UTVs, small engines, electrical wiring, etc.
• CPR/first aid certification
How To Apply: Send the following materials to Sharon Hester, Lead Area Biologist, via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, postal mail to Big Bend Field Office, Attn: Sharon Hester, 663 Plantation Road, Perry, Florida 32348, or apply in person at the Big Bend Field Office.
• A completed State of Florida application (available at http://www.floridajobs.org/forms/personnel/stateemploymentapp.pdf)
• Three references
• Resume (optional)
• Letter of interest (optional)