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Monday, February 07, 2011

FLORIDA: OPS F&W BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST II

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I would like to announce the following position with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission:

Working Title:  OPS F&W BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST II
Broadband/Class Code:  19-1023-02
Position Number:  77907128
Annual Salary Range:  $11.00 per hour/ no benefits
Announcement Type:  Open Competitive
Facility: Marine Mammal Pathobiology Lab
Pay Grade/ Pay Band:  BB008
Closing Date:  2/14/2011

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Title: OPS F&W Biological Scientist II

Position Number: 77907128

Salary: $11.00 /hr (40 hrs/wk) Tuesday- Saturday; occasional holidays; no benefits
Provided

Section: Wildlife Research

Sub-Section: Marine Mammals

Headquarters: Saint Petersburg, Florida (Pinellas County)

Brief Description of Job Duties:  This position 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 (MMPL).  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.  This position 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.  This position will be responsible for preparation and labeling of sample containers, carcass disposal, and cleaning of equipment and instruments as well as downloading and logging photographs taken during necropsies, rescues, captures, and other field activities, overseeing repairs and general maintenance of all photography equipment, and maintaining frozen tissue inventories at the MMPL.  This position will be responsible for assisting with the coordination of the MMPL’s response to cetacean strandings in Tampa Bay, maintaining the MMPL’s cetacean stranding records, coordinating with regional cetacean stranding partners and organizing semi-annual cetacean stranding workshops.  This position will have an assigned work schedule of Tuesday- Saturday (8:00 am-5:00 pm) and will be asked to respond to marine mammal emergencies and carcasses outside of normal work schedule as needed or assigned.  This position will serve in a rotation with other MMPL staff members for the purpose of covering the Northwest Region during state holidays.

Entry Level Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

•     Knowledge of the Florida Manatee Recovery Plan and state and federal legislation protecting manatees
•     Knowledge of methods of data collection and principles and techniques of research and analysis
•     Knowledge of marine mammal anatomy and necropsy techniques
•     Knowledge of digital SLR cameras, filters, and lenses
•     Knowledge of marine mammal rescue and transport techniques
•     Able to trailer flatbeds and watercraft vessels
•     Able to safely operate watercraft vessels 26’ in length and smaller
•     Be capable of daily manual labor requiring handling of heavy and sharp objects and working under unpleasant conditions
•     Must be physically fit, able to lift at least 50 lbs, and be able to swim sufficiently to save oneself
•     Able to conduct fieldwork in all weather conditions
•     Able to establish and maintain effective working relationships
•     Be comfortable speaking to the public
•     Possess or be able to obtain a Florida driver’s license within a month of employment

Minimum Requirements:

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the biological sciences or one year of professional biological experience in a field or lab research program.  Experience with dissection, pathology, or animal necropsies and data management.

Application Process:

Please apply through People First using the website:  https://peoplefirst.myflorida.com/  You may attach a cover letter and resume to your submission at the end of the application process. The resume is supplemental and may not replace the application form.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action/ADA Employer.   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 hires only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers. If a conditional offer of employment is made, you will be required to provide identification and proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States for the hiring authority to which application is made.  E-Verify will be used to confirm work authorization.

 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.

Please apply electronically in People First, by the closing date at:

If you experience technical difficulties during the application process, please call People First at 1-877-562-7287.  Thank you.

Andy Garrett
Research Administrator
Marine Mammal Pathology Lab
3700 54th Ave. S.
St. Petersburg, FL  33711


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