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OPS Fish & Wildlife Technician - 77902216

Date:Jul 21, 2021

Location: FELDA, FL, US, 33930

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Requisition No: 422621

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: OPS Fish & Wildlife Technician - 77902216

Position Number: 77902216

Salary: $16.08 an hour

Posting Closing Date: 08/05/2021

Position number: 77902216

Address and Phone number: Spirit of the Wild WMA, 100 CR 832, Felda, FL 33930

Starting pay rate : $16.08 per hour (40 hours per week, 1920 hours per fiscal year)

Supervisor: Kim Chase

Description of duties : The FWC’s South Region is seeking a highly motivated candidate to assist with the management of Spirit-of-the-Wild Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Hendry County, FL. This position serves as a full-time, OPS+ Fish & Wildlife Technician on a highly productive team to restore and enhance habitats for the benefit of a variety of wildlife and for the enjoyment of Florida residents and visitors. Responsibilities include the restoration and maintenance of wildlife habitat through prescribed fire, firebreak maintenance, native plantings, and mechanical and chemical vegetation control (e.g., mowing, roller chopping, herbicide application) throughout the area. The successful candidate must be field-oriented and will serve as a key member of the WMA prescribed burn team.

Additional duties include operation and maintenance of area equipment including trucks, ATV/UTVs, swamp buggies, tractors and their implements, and various small equipment (e.g., water pumps, mowers, chainsaws, weed eaters, etc.) in accordance with manufacturer and industry recommendations. Incumbent must possess the ability to troubleshoot and repair equipment and follow manufacturer’s recommendations for periodic preventative maintenance, assist with the operation of the hunter check station on the WMA to collect biological data of hunter harvested game, and assist biologists with wildlife survey efforts.

Additionally, the position will assist with the planning, development, and maintenance of projects, facilitating public use, building maintenance, and fence, gate and sign construction and maintenance. The candidate will p repare and submit accurate bi-weekly timesheets, purchasing, equipment uses, and accomplishments. The Incumbent will interact with various partner agencies and the public to provide information concerning wildlife and area management, rules, and regulations. Incumbent will occasionally attend regional and divisional meetings, various trainings, and assist on other WMAs as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Able to operate, maintain, and repair equipment and associated implements.

  • Ability to navigate using GPS units in the field.

  • Strong organizational skills: ability to manage several assignments simultaneously.

  • Ability to succeed in a fast-paced or changing environment.

  • Knowledge of wildlife and land management practices, such as prescribed burning and herbicide use for vegetation control.

  • Basic use of personal computers (including Microsoft Office).

  • Ability to work outdoors under harsh conditions (e.g., heat, rain, biting insects, rough terrain).

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Ability to frequently push, pull and/or carry more than 50 pounds.

    Preferred qualifications: A pplicants with a valid Class A CDL, S-130/S-190 wildland fire certifications, and the ability to repair equipment including minor motor repairs and small engine repairs utilizing MIG welders, cutting torches, and other various hand/air tools. Experience operating tractors within the last 5 years and supporting documents that reflect applicable experience.

    Broadband code: 19-4021-01

    Class code: 5031

    Region: South

    Title: Fish and Wildlife Technician

    County: Hendry

    Working hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday (early mornings, evenings and weekends as required)

    List of any subordinates supervised: None

    Residency requirement : Reside within a 25-mile radius of the Spirit of the Wild Field Office

    Level of education: High School Diploma or GED. Must possess or obtain valid Class A Florida Commercial Driver’s License within first 180 days of employment and maintain license annually

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.

Nearest Major Market:Sarasota