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Monday, September 20, 2010

WHALE OF A JOB: FLORIDA - FISH & WILDLIFE BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST II

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Working Title: FISH & WILDLIFE BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST II
Broadband/Class Code: 19-1023-02
Position Number: 77071751
Annual Salary Range: $1,267.14 biweekly
Announcement Type: Open Competitive
Facility: FISH AND WILDLIFE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Pay Grade/ Pay Band: BB008
Closing Date: 10/01/2010
Section: Wildlife Research
Sub-Section: Marine Mammals

Headquarters: Saint Petersburg, Florida (Pinellas County)

Starting Salary: $1267.14 biweekly. This is a full-time position with benefits.

Brief Description of Job Duties: Successful candidate will assist in the coordination of salvage and recovery efforts of marine mammal carcasses for the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) Marine Mammal Pathobiology Laboratory. The incumbent will serve as member of FWC’s manatee necropsy team conducting field and laboratory necropsies on manatee and other marine mammal carcasses, record observations and complete associated necropsy reports. He/she will recover marine mammal carcasses for necropsy from the Northwest region (coastal and inland waterways of Manatee County to Escambia County) of Florida and assist in manatee rescue and transport operations in the Northwest region as well as assist with manatee rescue and capture operations away from designated area as needed. He/she will serve in regional on-call status between 8am and 5pm on weekends and holidays in rotation with other MMPL staff members for the purpose of responding to manatee emergencies as needed or assigned and serve in statewide on-call status between 5pm and 8 am Friday through Thursday and all day for state holidays during assigned week in a weekly rotation with four other FWRI field staff. The incumbent will oversee repairs and general maintenance of MMPL vessels, vehicles, trailers, laboratory and field equipment and will be responsible for monitoring and restocking laboratory and field consumables as well as other purchases, as necessary.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A bachelor’s degree with a major in a life or physical sciences and one year of professional biological experience in a field or lab research program; or a master’s degree in one of the life or physical sciences. Experience in capturing, handling, transporting and necropsy of marine mammals.

Valid driver's license is required.

REQUIRED ENTRY LEVEL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of: methods of data collection; principles and techniques of research and analysis; marine mammal anatomy and necropsy techniques. Skills: Facility with database, spreadsheet, word processing, and graphics software such as Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, and PowerPoint; use of scientific biomedical field equipment such as portable ultrasound, PIT tags, venipuncture kits, and biopsy equipment. Familiarity with capture, handling, and transport of manatees and other marine mammals. Abilities to: conduct marine mammal necropsies; serve in on-call status nights and weekends, write reports and scientific manuscripts; to supervise people, establish and maintain effective working relationships; to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

Application Process: Applicants must apply by the closing date through People First using the website listed below. https://peoplefirst.myflorida.com/

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