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OPS F&W Biological Scientist II - 77907154

Date: Mar 20, 2020

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Requisition No: 161361 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: OPS F&W Biological Scientist II - 77907154

Position Number: 77907154 

Salary:  $16.00 hourly 

Posting Closing Date: 04/05/2020 

Title:  OPS Biological Scientist II (#77907154)         


Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Eustis, FL (Lake County)


Job Description:

The successful candidates will be part of a field crew that samples water bodies statewide using a variety of fish and habitat sampling gears as required by Florida’s Freshwater Fisheries Long-Term Monitoring Program.  Individuals will work both as a team and with other statewide fisheries biologists.  This position requires frequent daily travel with some overnight stays.  There will be additional opportunities to work on other fisheries research projects. Funding for this position is partially funded by a recurring federal grant.  Continued employment is subject to annual renewals.


Primary Responsibilities:   

  • Sample fish using various gear types (electrofishing, mini-fyke nets, trawls, push-trawls)
  • Record water quality and habitat characteristics at sample sites
  • Vegetation and bottom structure mapping using boat-mounted sonar devices
  • Field identification of freshwater fish and aquatic plants
  • Maintain all project equipment and usage logs including field sampling gear, vehicles and boats 
  • Data entry, analysis, and report writing
  • Laboratory otolith work for age and growth studies of sportfish
  • Participate in professional meetings and public outreach events as directed

Minimum Qualifications:


  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the biological sciences and one year of professional biological experience in a field or laboratory program; or a msaster's degree from an accredited college or university in one of the biological sciences.  Maintain valid driver license.

           **Preference may be given to candidates having experience with data analysis of fisheries data using R or similar statistical software package, and experience using ArcView or online GIS tools.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Proficiency in operating and trailering boats (< 24ft)
  • Ability to work long hours in hot and humid conditions
  • Be physically capable of lifting and using heavy (e.g., 50 lbs) sampling gear
  • Ability to work well in a team setting
  • Proficient swimmer
  • Ability to maintain a valid driver’s license
  • Effective communication skills in public and scientific settings




$16/hr, 40 hours week, some benefits




Closing Date:  Apr 5, 2020


Expected Start Date:  May 1, 2020

Where To Apply

Applicants are required to submit a complete, up-to-date, State of Florida Employment Application Form electronically in People First ( 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) 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 (must meet eligibility requirements. Consult with People First or the servicing Human Resource Office for details.)     

· Deferred Compensation - voluntary 

· Employee Assistance Program – voluntary


· Any form of paid leave 

· Paid holidays 

· Participation in the Florida Retirement System 

· Reinstatement rights or retention rights 

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.

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