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Date:  Mar 31, 2023


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Requisition No: 792094 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: OPS FISH/WILDLIFE TECHNICIAN - 77900195

Position Number: 77900195 

Salary:  $18.25 an hour 

Posting Closing Date: 04/14/2023 

Position number:  77900195

Address : Lake Wales Ridge Wildlife and Environmental Area, 1630 Royce Ranch Road, Lake Placid, FL 33852

Supervisor  Elysia Dytrych 


An exciting opportunity exists for a Fish and Wildlife Technician to join a team of employees within the Wildlife and Habitat Management Section in managing the Lake Wales Ridge WEA in Polk and Highlands counties.  FWC’s Southwest Region is seeking a motivated applicant that is willing and able to work outdoors in a variety of conditions throughout the year in fulfillment of their job responsibilities.  Responsibilities include assisting with the application of wildlife habitat management activities such as prescribed burning, mowing, shredding, clearing, planting and chemical control of desirable and non-desirable vegetation.  The employee will also be a key member of the WEA prescribed fire team.  Additional duties include operating, maintaining and repairing equipment and vehicles including trucks, tractors, ATVs, and heavy equipment in accordance with manufacturer and industry recommendations.  Incumbent also must possess the ability to troubleshoot the repairs of pumps, motors and heavy equipment.

This position also assists biologists with surveying and monitoring of threatened and locally important species, resource inventories, and public hunt management.  Assists in the planning, development and maintenance of projects facilitating public use including parking and road construction, culvert installation, trash pickup, building maintenance and fence, gate and sign construction and maintenance.   Interacts professionally with the public and partners providing accurate information concerning wildlife, area conditions, rules and regulations.  Attends regional and divisional meetings and training programs. 

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 principles and practices
  • Basic use of personal computers
  • Ability to operate outdoors under inclement weather conditions
  • Ability to frequently push, pull and/or carry more than 40 pounds
  • Ability to work productively alone with remote supervision or as member of a team, and the flexibility to occasionally work long hours and variable schedules, such as nights, weekends, or holidays.


Starting pay rate:  $18.25/hr.

Broadband code:  19-4021-01

Class code:  5031

Region: Southwest

Title: Fisheries and Wildlife Technician

County: Highlands

City: Lake Placid

Facility: Royce Ranch WEA field office

Working hours: 8am – 5pm (maximum allowable hours per fiscal year: 1,920)

List of any subordinates supervised: N/A

Residency requirement: Highlands County

Level of Education: High School Diploma or equivalent

Benefits: Participate in Group health insurance

Additional requirements: Must possess or obtain valid Class A Florida Commercial Driver’s License within first 270 days of employment.  Position subject to random drug screening.  Employee allowed to work a maximum of 1,920 hours per year (to be pro-rated based upon hiring date).

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: Central Florida
Nearest Secondary Market: Sebring