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PART-TIME (20 hrs/wk) MANATEE RESEARCH BIOLOGIST
COMPENSATION/BENEFITS: $11.00/ hr, no benefits
LOCATION: Tequesta, FL
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Duties include answering pages and calls from a seven county area on the southeast coast of Florida (St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Dade, Monroe and Okeechobee counties). Recover manatee carcasses, conduct field necropsies on badly decomposed manatee carcasses, and transport fresh to moderately decomposed manatee carcasses to the necropsy facility in St. Petersburg. Participate in the manatee rescue network, including capture and transportation of injured manatees throughout SE Region to the appropriate rehabilitation facility. Photograph manatees for the Manatee Photo-Identification System (MIPS), assist in telemetry projects and aerial surveys, assist in outreach programs, general cleaning of equipment and vehicles, general maintenance of boats and trailers, data entry, and other tasks assigned by the supervisor. This position is designed as a part-time position, working on weekends, as well as unscheduled hours on short notice that include evenings and holidays.
A bachelor's degree with a major in one of the biological sciences or a combination of relevant coursework and job-specific experience. A valid driver’s license is required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Preference will be given to those applicants with a working knowledge of marine mammal biology, with the ability to work independently and as a team-member, accurately record data in the field, safely trailer and operate boats up to 22 feet in length, back trailers safely and accurately, and to swim with sufficient skill to save one's life in the event of an emergency. Preference will be given to those with knowledge of basic camera operation (including zoom lenses and polarizing filters), word processing and database software skills, able to think logically and apply problem-solving techniques, and effectively communicate verbally and in writing. Applicant must obtain a boater safety certification within the first six months of employment. Applicant must be able to lift 50 lbs.
This position is open until filled, with an immediate start date.
Please send a letter of interest, CV, and three references to Christy Hudak at Christy.Hudak@myfwc.com
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
Tequesta Field Lab
19100 SE Federal Hwy
Tequesta, FL 33469