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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Florida - PART-TIME (20 hrs/wk) MANATEE RESEARCH BIOLOGIST


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COMPENSATION/BENEFITS: $11.00/ hr, no benefits

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
This position, located in Melbourne, participates in Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission's manatee research program in a
six-county area along inland and central east coast Florida. It is
designed as a part-time position (approximately 20 hrs/week), working
mostly on weekends.

Duties include: fielding calls from FWC Law Enforcement, other
agencies, and the general public regarding marine mammals, particularly
manatees; verification of manatee mortalities and distressed manatees,
potentially in need of rescue; recovery of manatee carcasses and
transportation of those carcasses to the Marine Mammal Pathobiology
Laboratory (in St. Petersburg) for necropsy; participation in rescues
and transportation of sick and injured manatees to appropriate facility;
performing and assisting with field necropsies of manatees when
appropriate; photographing and sketching manatees at winter refugia and
known warm weather habitat areas on the east coast; using a computer and
software such as Arcview, Excel, Access and Word; completing paperwork
including time sheets, manatee carcass and rescue reports, and technical
reports; assisting with manatee outreach programs such as presentations
for local groups and agencies; general cleaning of office and equipment,
vehicle, trailer and boat maintenance, data entry and other tasks
assigned by supervisor.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
A bachelor's degree with a major in one of the biological sciences or a
combination of relevant coursework and job-specific experience.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
The ability to safely operate and trailer boats less than 28 feet in
length is highly desired. Applicant must obtain boater safety
certification within the first six months of employment. Knowledge and
the ability to use personal computers, field gear, and cameras are also
highly desired. Applicant must be able to swim proficiently. Field work
is highly physical and applicant must be able to lift 50 lbs. Must have
the ability to work both as a team member as well as independently in
various field situations.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships; think logically
and apply problem-solving techniques; effectively communicate verbally
and in writing; and maintain a valid Florida Driver's License. Marine
mammal stranding-response experience is preferred.

Must be able to work weekends and holidays, potentially nights, and
often under adverse field conditions.
Submission deadline: 28 August 2009

Submit resume with references to:
Ann Spellman
FWC-Indian River Field Lab, 1220 Prospect Ave., Ste 285, Melbourne, FL
32901
or Ann.Spellman@MyFWC.com

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