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OPS- Fish & Wildlife Technician - 77904095

Date: Feb 16, 2018

Location: FORT MYERS, FL, US, 33811

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Requisition No: 25204 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: OPS- Fish & Wildlife Technician - 77904095

Position Number: 77904095 

Salary:  $16.00 an hour 

Posting Closing Date: 02/28/2018 

Pending Reclassification to a Biological Scientist I

Position number: 77904095

Address: 3900 Drane Field Rd, Lakeland, Florida 33811 (field site at the Town of Fort Myers Beach) 863-648-3200

Supervisor: Amy Clifton, 77000864


Description of duties

Wildlife Surveys:  Search for & identify nests in beach habitat while following protocols to avoid nest disturbance.  Independently performs surveys for a large population of nesting sea- and shorebird in the Fort Myers Beach area while following monitoring and data entry protocols outlined on the Florida Shorebird Database (

Management and Surveillance:  Work independently to post Critical Wildlife Area on the south end of Fort Myers Beach.  Document and maintain posted areas as needed throughout the nesting season, especially immediately following storms or other disturbance events.  Record GPS locations for posted area along with nest locations.  Transfer georeferenced data to spatial software such as Google Earth and ArcMap.  Create maps in multiple formats for use in communicating nesting locations and making management decisions.  Use a variety of tools and techniques such as deploying game cameras to identify sources of nest predation. 

Landowner Coordination: Maintain a cooperative working relationship with private landowners. Communicate regularly with them to keep them apprised of management activities and address any concerns. Communications will include developing bi-weekly reports on nesting activity and management actions.  Provide technical assistance to ensure beach management activities such as raking do not result in harm to nesting birds. 

Partnership Development: Responsible for working closely with existing partners, including the Town of Ft. Myers Beach and Audubon Florida, to design and implement strategies for building a supportive constituency for the Little Estero Island Critical Wildlife Area, particularly among adjacent landowners and residents of the Town of Ft. Myers Beach.  Activities may include conducting presentations, meeting with landowners, developing outreach materials (signs, brochures, web page content), and engaging the media.

Wildlife Research:  May assist with capture & banding of shorebirds/seabirds or other research projects.  Perform band re-sight surveys for sea- and shorebirds. 

Stewardship:  Responsible for engaging beach-goers to garner interest and support for the Critical Wildlife Area by visiting the area 5 days/week for at least 2 hours/day. 

Duties will be confined to the Little Estero Island Critical Wildlife Area, adjacent beach nesting bird areas and other nearby important bird areas.  This is a seasonal position to begin early March 2018 and last throughout the nesting season (to approximately mid-August).  Work hours will range from 30 up to 40 hours depending on variability of workload with total work hours for season not to exceed 960.  This is a field-based position.  Housing and transportation not provided. Bonita Springs is the closest housing option.  Limited administrative support will be provided from the Lakeland Office of the FWC.


Broadband code: 19-4021-01

Class code: 5031

Region: Southwest

Title: Fish/Wildlife Technician

County: Lee

Working hours: Variable

List of any subordinates supervised: None

Residency requirement:  None

Level of Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Other Requirements:

Incumbent must have strong sea- and shorebird identification skills.  Must possess a valid Driver’s License.  Must have a highly flexible work schedule and be capable of working with little direct supervision, and under hot and humid weather conditions.  Candidate must have strong intrapersonal skills for communicating with the public and partners in written and oral methods. 

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: Lakeland