Position number: 77902129
Title: OPS+ -Biological Scientist II
Address and telephone number: Fred C. Babcock/Cecil M. Webb Wildlife Management Area, 29200 Tuckers Grade, Punta Gorda, FL 33955
(863) 648-3200 forward to (863) 581-6949
Supervisor: Ethan Noel
Description of Duties:
THIS IS AN OPS+ POSITION. IT IS NOT CAREER SERVICE.
Serves as a Biological Scientist II primarily conducting wildlife inventories and monitoring surveys on Babcock/Webb WMA. Surveys will be conducted per established protocols and will include, but are not limited to, herpetofauna drift fence arrays, small mammal surveys, mesomammal surveys, and avian point counts. Incumbent shall coordinate with local staff to ensure completion of survey activities as prescribed in Wildlife Conservation, Prioritization, and Recovery (WCPR) Strategies and Land Management Plans. Assist with entering data in the Survey and Monitoring Protocol (SaMP) database and reporting survey results. Incumbent will also be responsible for managing data sets and producing technical reports.
This is a temporary position that is anticipated to last a minimum of four years.
WMA and WEA Responsibilities: Perform wildlife surveys on multiple taxa using a wide range of techniques; maintain equipment; accurately and routinely submit reports of activities and accomplishments using on-line databases and ArcGIS; provide technical assistance to other biologists.
Knowledge, skills and abilities: Wildlife biology; identification of birds by sight and sound; ability to use field guides and keys to identify amphibians, reptiles and mammals. Assessment and inventory of wildlife and habitat; collection and analysis of biological data; ability to write scientific reports. Familiarity with outdoor recreational activities and ability to communicate conservation principles to the public. Ability to organize/plan work assignments and set priorities; ability to work independently and as a member of a team. Familiarity with GPS, ArcGIS, and Microsoft Office. Ability to operate 4 wheel-drive vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, and other equipment preferred. Ability to work safely outdoors and tolerate extreme temperatures, high humidity, biting insects and other hazards.
Level of Education: BS required in a life or physical science. MS preferred (a specific degree in wildlife management/science/conservation/ecology is strongly recommended).