77907261-51376800-20161011124507 Agency Name: Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Working Title: OPS BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST I - FWCBroadband/Class Code: 19-1023-01Position Number: 77907261-51376800Annual Salary Range: $11-$14 per hour DOEAnnouncement Type: Open CompetitiveCity: JACKSONVILLEFacility: Jacksonville University FWRI Field LabPay Grade/ Pay Band: BB005Closing Date: 10/28/2016

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI)

Section: Fisheries Independent Monitoring (FIM)

Position is funded by a federal grant through August 31, 2017. Continued funding is dependent on new grants being awarded.

Job Description

Conduct all aspects of the Fisheries-Independent Monitoring (FIM) program with emphasis on executing statistically valid research experiments and surveys in rivers, bays, nearshore, and offshore waters to evaluate relative stock abundance and condition of fish populations. Conduct fisheries-independent sampling efforts following strict protocol; entering, proofing, and correcting associated data. Conduct fieldwork to collect water samples, fish tissue samples, sediment samples, etc., to aid in the ecological assessment of Florida’s inshore waters. Maintain and repair all field sampling equipment, including nets and accessory gear, water quality instruments, tool boxes, PFDs, safety equipment, and first aid kits. Assist in the routine maintenance and repair of trucks, boats, and trailers. Complete fish and invertebrate identifications following strict QA/QC protocols using a microscope and/or video and dichotomous keys. Perform and participate in public outreach efforts, as appropriate.Participate in other multidisciplinary fisheries research efforts across all FWRI-FIM field laboratories as required.Perform other related work as required. This position requires extensive inshore field work with numerous trips every month. The position may also occassionally requireoffshore field work with numerous days at sea and the ability to perform strenuous physical activities on an offshore research vessel for long periods of time, including heavy lifting.

Minimum Requirements

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the biological sciences. A valid driver’s license.

Preferred Experience

Applicants with the following experience may be given preference: Experience in a fisheries program. Experience identifying Florida’s inshore fish, including juveniles. Experience using underwater electronics such as stereo video cameras and/or still cameras. Experience working offshore. Experience identifying fish/invertebrates on video and still images.

Knowledge, Skill(s), and Abilities

Knowledge of Florida juvenile and adult fish and invertebrate identification using dichotomous keys; of methods and gear used for collection of fisheries samples; of personal computers; of database software; of electronics and technology; Ability to perform strenuous field duties in adverse conditions (e.g. inclement weather, rough water, boat engine exhaust, shoreline wading); to safely operate and trailer vessels less than 26’ in length; to maintain and repair small boats, trailers, and all associated field equipment; to establish and maintain effective working relationships; to work both independently and on a team; work hours in excess of 40 per week; maintain a valid driver's license; and complete a boater safety course.

To Apply

Applicants are required to submit a complete, up-to-date, State of Florida Employment Application Form electronically in People First ( by the closing date listed. Resumes 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.

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WHAT IS OPS EMPLOYMENT? Other Personal Services (OPS) employment is a 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.


  • State of Florida 401(a) FICA Alternative Plan - mandatory

  • Workers’ Compensation - mandatory

  • Reemployment Assistance (Unemployment Compensation) - mandatory

  • Participation in state group insurance (upon meeting eligibility requirements)

  • Deferred Compensation - voluntary

  • Employee Assistance Program – voluntary

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or the People First Service Center (1-877-562-7287). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

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