OPS Fish & Wildlife Technician - 77904056

Date:  Nov 20, 2023


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Requisition No: 817352 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: OPS Fish & Wildlife Technician - 77904056

 Pay Plan: Temp

Position Number: 77904056 

Salary:  $18.23 an hour 

Posting Closing Date: 12/17/2023 

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Working Title: OPS Fish and Wildlife Technician

Section:  Wildlife and Habitat Management

Position number: 77904056

Salary: $18.23/hour

Address: T.M. Goodwin, 3200 TM Goodwin Road, Fellsmere, FL 32948

Phone: (321) 726-2862

Supervisor & Position number: Craig Casto, 77001102


The FWC’s Northeast Region is seeking a highly motivated candidate to join a team of biologists and technicians on the T.M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area in Brevard County, FL.  This position serves as an OPS Fish and Wildlife Technician on a highly productive team of land managers to restore and enhance habitats for the benefit of a variety of species and for the enjoyment of Florida residents and visitors. The successful candidate will be a key team member responsible for all aspects of management of the WMA including application of prescribed fire and conducting mechanical and chemical vegetation control (mowing, roller chopping, herbicide, etc.) to manage habitats. Habitat improvement is focused on waterfowl and wading birds. The successful candidate will assist with the operation of hunter check stations on the T.M. Goodwin as well as the Fort Drum WMA to collect biological data of hunter harvested game.

Additionally, the position will assist with infrastructure construction, maintenance and repair, including roads, trails, culverts, fences, gates, signs, and buildings. The position will operate, maintain and repair area equipment and vehicles including trucks, tractors, ATVs, heavy equipment and various implements (disc harrows, mowers, sprayers, etc.).  The position will be expected to operate a trackhoe excavator, bulldozer, 170 hp tractor (4WD), 100 hp tractor, 15 ft. offset disc, 21-ft. roller chopper, backhoe/front-end loader, dump truck, hydraulic mower, airboat, and other miscellaneous equipment.  Incumbent also must possess the ability to troubleshoot and repair small engines, implements, and heavy equipment. The incumbent will interact with various partner agencies and the public to provide information concerning wildlife and area management, rules and regulations. Occasionally the incumbent will attend regional and divisional meetings as well as various trainings as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to operate, maintain and repair heavy equipment and associated implements
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to plan and organize work assignments
  • Familiar with outdoor recreational activities
  • Skilled in construction activities including carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and welding
  • Knowledge of wildlife and land management practices, such as prescribed burning and herbicide use for vegetation control
  • Basic use of personal computers
  • Ability to operate outdoors under inclement weather conditions
  • Ability to frequently push, pull and/or carry more than 50 pounds

Broadband code: 19-4021-01

Class code: 5031

Region: Northeast

Title: OPS Fish and Wildlife Technician

County: Brevard

City: Fellsmere

Working hours: Monday-Friday 8am – 5pm, may require some early morning, night, or weekend duty and occasional overnight travel (maximum allowable hours per year: 1,920).

List of any subordinates supervised: None

Residency requirement: Reside within a 25-mile radius of the T.M. Goodwin entrance.

Level of Education: High School or equivalent

Other Requirements:   Incumbent must be able to operate tractors, heavy equipment, small boats and tools.  Must be able to lift 50 pounds and walk or stand for extended time periods at night or in inclement weather.  Must have valid State of Florida drivers license. Employment in this position is contingent upon a satisfactory criminal history check. The criminal history check must be completed prior to or within the first three days of employment.

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: Vero Beach