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Sunday, September 13, 2009

PART-TIME MANATEE RESEARCH BIOLOGIST - Florida

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COMPENSATION/BENEFITS:  $11.00/ hr, no benefits
 
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
This position, located in Jacksonville, participates in Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) manatee research program in an eight-county area along inland and north east coast Florida.  It is designed as a part-time position (approximately 20 hrs/week), working 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 secondary warm water refugia on the north east coast; using a computer and software programs 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. There is also the potential to assist in various duties involved with the FWC North Atlantic Right Whale program.
 
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
 
This position is open until filled, with an immediate start date.
 
Please send a letter of interest, CV, and three references to Ryan Berger at Ryan.Berger@MyFWC.com
 
 
Ryan Berger
Research Associate
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
Jacksonville Field Lab
370 Zoo Parkway
Jacksonville FL, 32218

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