Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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Working Title:  OPS FISH/WILDLIFE TECHNICIAN Broadband/Class Code:  19-1023-01 Position Number:  77901683-51295512 Annual Salary Range:  $17-$20/hr DOE Announcement Type:  Open Competitive City:  SAINT PETERSBURG Facility:  FISH & WILDLIFE RESEARCH INSTITUTE Pay Grade/ Pay Band:  BB005 Closing Date:  1/27/2016

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Anticipated Vacancy


Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)


Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI)


Section: Fisheries Independent Monitoring (FIM)




Job Description

Participate in the Fisheries-Independent Monitoring program which will include frequent multi-day (up to 7 days) offshore work on research vessels. Duties include successfully operating a 35’ single diesel vessel and a 46’ single diesel vessel in offshore waters to locate specific fisheries-independent sampling sites, deploy and retrieve trap/camera/hook-n-line gear safely, and complete Side Scan Sonar surveys to map the ocean floor. Oversee and complete monthly maintenance, repair and upgrades on those two vessels and document work completed. Maintain thorough and updated boat logs that include events in the management, maintenance, operation, and repair of vessels. Ensure safety equipment for above listed vessels is in compliance with USCG. Assist in loading and unloading vessels for Fisheries-Independent monitoring trips. Assist with outboard engine and trailer repairs as needed. Assist with maintaining a boat shop and ensure associated tools are in order and properly inventoried. The incumbent must follow standardized sampling techniques and field sampling schedules and adhere to detailed fish collection and laboratory work-up standards while assisting with fisheries field sampling.  Assist with the identification and enumeration of species captured in sampling gear. Participate in public outreach efforts as appropriate.


Minimum Requirements

At least 4 years offshore experience operating vessels >30 feet in length.


Preferred Experience

Preference may be given to those who have operated vessels >46’ in length, have participated in fisheries field sampling in offshore/nearshore marine environments, or have a Coast Guard Captains License (Six passenger or Master).


Knowledge, Skill(s), and Abilities

Knowledge of diesel and outboard engines, marine electronics (e.g. navigation, mapping, acoustic, water quality), boat repair techniques, marine fish identification, methods and gear used for collection of fisheries samples, and personal computers. Ability to perform strenuous field duties in adverse conditions (e.g. inclement weather, rough water, boat engine exhaust, shoreline wading); to collect fisheries data; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; to establish and maintain effective working relationships; to work both independently and on a team; work hours in excess of 40 per week; maintain a valid driver's license; and complete a boater safety course or obtain a Coast Guard Captains License within probation period. Skill needed to safely operate and trailer skiffs less than 26' in length; to safely operate a single diesel inboard vessel greater than 46’ in length; to troubleshoot diesel and outboard engine problems; to safely operate a forklift; to effectively use marine electronics during sampling events.


Position is funded by an ongoing five year federal grant, subject to annual renewal.


To Apply

Applicants are required to submit a complete, up-to-date, State of Florida Employment Application Form electronically in People First (http://peoplefirst.myflorida.com) by the closing date listed. Resumes and supporting documentation may be submitted at the same time you are applying online, faxed, or mailed to People First, but do not replace the requirement for a completed State of Florida Employment Application Form.


If you experience technical difficulties during the application process or when attaching documents, call People First staffing at 1-877-562-7287.  If unable to attach supporting documents to your application, they may be faxed to the People First Service Center at 1-888-403-2110.  Be sure to include the Requisition number for the position to which you are applying on each page of your faxed documents.


WHAT IS OPS EMPLOYMENT?  Other Personal Services (OPS) employment is a temporary employer/employee relationship used solely for accomplishing short term or intermittent tasks. OPS employees do not fill established positions and may not be assigned the duties of any vacant authorized position. OPS employees are at-will employees and are subject to actions such as pay changes, changes to work assignment, and terminations at the pleasure of the agency head or designee.



  • State of Florida 401(a) FICA Alternative Plan - mandatory
  • Workers’ Compensation  - mandatory
  • Reemployment Assistance (Unemployment Compensation) - mandatory
  • Participation in state group insurance (upon meeting eligibility requirements)
  • Deferred Compensation - voluntary
  • Employee Assistance Program – voluntary


The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

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 supports a Drug-Free workplace.  All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

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