FWC OPS Job Announcement - Webster, FL

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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Requisition No: 223802 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: OPS BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST I - 77901686

Salary:  $12.00/hour 

Posting Closing Date: 09/04/2020 

To Apply: https://jobs.myflorida.com/job/WEBSTER-OPS-BIOLOGICAL-SCIENTIST-I-77901686-FL-33597/669607300/



SECTION:         Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management

LOCATION:       Florida Bass Conservation Center

                         3583 County Road 788, Webster, FL 33597    

 CONTACT:        Melissa GarnettMelissa.Garnett@myfwc.com


The Florida Bass Conservation Center (FBCC) is seeking qualified applicants for an OPS Fish and Wildlife Biologist I position. The FBCC is the major freshwater gamefish production hatchery in the state of Florida, supplying fish such as Florida Largemouth Bass, Black Crappie, Channel Catfish, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Triploid Grass Carp, Striped Bass and Striped Bass hybrids. The FBCC also conducts research on various culture techniques and species specific production methodololgies.

The incumbent will assist with intensive fish culture operations and should be highly motivated, detail-oriented and have an ability to complete tasks unsupervised during hatchery off hours. Examples of routine tasks include, assisting in egg and fry incubation for various freshwater game species, tank cleaning and setup, fish feeding, basic data collection and entry, performing water quality tests and oversight of mechanical operations. Conduct basic repairs to equipment such as pumps, motors, fish hauling trailers, etc. Assist in design and implementation of specific scientific studies conducted at the hatchery related to diet evaluation and growth performance of game species, fish health chemicals and therapeutics, loading densities, etc. Assist in extensive pond management, pond feeding, culture and harvest as directed.

Work hours will be Wednesday-Sunday 7:30am – 4:30pm.


  • Knowledge of basic scientific terminology and principles
  • Knowledge of fish biology
  • Knowledge of water chemistry
  • Knowledge of proper fish culture techniques in spawning, egg handling, fry rearing, fish stocking and broodstock management
  • Skill in the use of MS Office Software
  • Ability to generate, analyze and communicate biological data
  • Ability to problem-solve and handle conflict with professionalism
  • Ability to effectively communicate written and orally with the scientific community and with public stakeholders
  • Ability to work in teams and independently to complete tasks in a timely and organized manner
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including nights, weekends and holidays
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time and work in outdoor conditions


  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the biological sciences.