FWC Job Announcement: FWRI 77072136, Fish & Wildlife Technician (Fisheries Independent Monitoring, Jacksonville)

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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Date:  May 17, 2022

Location:  JACKSONVILLE, FL, US, 32211




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Requisition No: 640521 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

Working Title: FISH/WILDLIFE TECHNICIAN – 77072136

Position Number: 77072136 

Salary:  $28,253 Annually 

Posting Closing Date: 06/04/2022 


Open Competitive Opportunity


FWC: Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI)

Section: Marine Fisheries Research-Fisheries Independent Monitoring


This is a full-time Career Service position with benefits.


Job Description

Conduct all aspects of the Fisheries-Independent Monitoring (FIM) program with emphasis on executing statistically valid research experiments and surveys in rivers, estuaries, and nearshore waters to evaluate relative stock abundance and condition of fish populations. Conduct fisheries-independent sampling efforts following strict protocol; Process and manage collected data following defined procedures. Conduct fieldwork to collect water samples, fish tissue samples, sediment samples, etc., to aid in the ecological assessment of Florida’s inshore waters. Oversee and coordinate routine preventive maintenance of FIM outboard motors, boats, trailers, and vehicles; maintain detailed records of repairs/maintenance performed; maintain effective working relationships and communication with local vendors responsible for conducting repairs and maintenance on FIM fleet; responsible for the maintenance and cleaning of shop tools and maintaining a clean work/shop area; responsible for the maintenance and care of electronic equipment (radios, gps units, depth finders, etc.) used during routine field sampling events. Complete fish and invertebrate identifications following strict QA/QC protocols using a microscope and/or video cameras and dichotomous keys. Assist in the preparation of routine summaries of data generated from above studies and assist in preparing technical and scientific reports, oral presentations, and/or manuscripts based on fisheries independent monitoring results/analysis as assigned. Perform and participate in public outreach efforts, as appropriate. Perform other related work as assigned. This position requires extensive inshore and offshore field work on FWC research vessels or chartered vessels with numerous trips every week. Offshore field work may include multiple days at sea and requires the ability to move heavy and cumbersome gear around the decks of offshore research vessels. 

Minimum Requirements 

  • Two years of post-high school fisheries and/or wildlife experience or an associate degree in natural sciences.
  • Must maintain a valid driver license and possess or be willing and able to obtain boating safety and basic First Aid/CPR certificates. 


Preferred Experience

Applicants with the following experience may be given preference: Demonstrated experience with vehicle/vessel maintenance and repairs; Inshore and offshore fisheries sampling experience; Experience identifying fish using microscopes or underwater cameras. 

Knowledge, Skill(s), and Abilities

Knowledge of Florida juvenile and adult fish and invertebrate identification using dichotomous keys; of methods and gear used for collection of marine fisheries samples; of the principles and techniques required to accomplish routine vehicle/vessel and equipment repair; of personal computers; of database software; of electronics and technology; Skill to safely operate and trailer vessels up to 26’ in length; Ability to use dichotomous keys for fish identification; to perform strenuous field duties in adverse conditions (e.g. inclement weather, rough water, boat engine exhaust, shoreline wading); to handle and process fish; to collect and summarize fisheries data; to communicate effectively 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. 

To Apply

Applicants are required to submit a complete, up-to-date, State of Florida Employment Application Form electronically in People First (https://jobs.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.  

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

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). 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. 

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Jacksonville 

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