OPS Assistant Research Scientist - 77907760

Date:  Jul 11, 2024


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Requisition No: 830905 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: OPS Assistant Research Scientist - 77907760

 Pay Plan: Temp

Position Number: 77907760 

Salary:  $25 per Hour 

Posting Closing Date: 07/21/2024 

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI)

Section/Subsection: Marine Fisheries Research/Fisheries-Independent Monitoring

Assistant Research Scientist – OPS Position

$25 per hour

585 Prineville St

Port Charlotte, FL

 Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

OPS Assistant Research Scientist – #77907760

Port Charlotte, Florida - $25 per hour



Our organization:

The FWC envisions a Florida where fish and wildlife are abundant and thriving in healthy and connected natural landscapes with vital working lands and waterways; where natural resources are valued and safely enjoyed by all; and wherein natural systems support vibrant human communities and a strong economy.

Our Mission:

Managing fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people.


Every organization has an identity that is forged not only by what it does, but by how it conducts itself.  The values embedded in our mission and expressed in the vision of the FWC are to make quality decisions by being dynamic, science-informed, efficient, ethical, collaborative and committed to the vitality of the state and its environment.


Minimum Qualifications:
7 years professional experience in a closely-related biological field or laboratory program is required.

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the physical or natural sciences or mathematics and three years of professional experience in one of the physical or natural sciences or mathematics; or

A master's degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the physical or natural sciences or mathematics and two years of professional experience as described above; or

A doctorate from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the physical or natural sciences or mathematics can substitute for the required experience.

Preferred Qualifications: 

Preference may be given to individuals with experience working with large data sets, especially passive acoustic telemetry data from multiple sources, and data analyses in support of fisheries ecology. Experience with the use of geostatistics in analyzing spatially-autocorrelated data, Bayesian analytical methodologies, or spatially explicit population models is desirable. Experience conducting surgeries to internally implant acoustic tags is also desirable. 


Employment in this position is contingent upon a satisfactory Level 1 background check at no cost to the candidate. 
Responses to qualifying questions should be verifiable by skills and/or experience stated on the profile application/resume.  Information should be provided regarding any gaps in employment.

Position Overview and Responsibilities:

This position is with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI), Marine Fisheries Research, Fisheries-Independent Monitoring Program. This position is funded by an existing grant and is fully funded for 2 years from the successful applicant’s start date, subject to satisfactory job performance. This is an OPS (Other Personal Service) position. It offers no moving expenses. Occasional overtime hours may occur. Hours worked over 40 per week, Friday to Thursday, are considered overtime and are paid at 1.5 times the regular wage.

Primary duties for this position are to lead and assist with analyses associated with multiple acoustic telemetry projects to better understand Florida’s endangered Smalltooth Sawfish population. In doing so, the successful applicant will use statistically rigorous methods to integrate data from a variety of sources to improve our understanding of ecology, habitat use, and movement patterns of Smalltooth Sawfish. It is anticipated that project results will lead to completion of multiple peer-reviewed publications, of which the successful applicant will be the lead author or coauthor. In addition, the successful applicant will be expected to participate in field work related to ongoing projects and prepare reports for grant agencies, fishery managers and other scientists, present analytical results, and represent the institute at meetings and conferences related to fisheries research and always represent the Agency in a courteous and professional manner. The successful applicant may also assist in the development of proposals as needed. The successful applicant will be expected to work as part of a team, especially in the field, and must also be able to work independently in the lab. The successful applicant will be based at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Charlotte Harbor Field Laboratory, in Port Charlotte, FL, and may require travel to other regions of Florida as needed.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of fisheries research and monitoring programs and how they support fisheries ecology, management, and stock assessments. Knowledge of passive acoustic telemetry, including data sharing networks. Familiarity with principles of statistical design, including the application of univariate and multivariate statistical models. Ability to conduct complex data analyses, integrating data from multiple disciplines (e.g., habitat, population abundance, physical oceanography, life history) using statistical software such as R and modeling software.


Why should I apply?


The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:
*Eligible OPS positions and qualifying applicants may enjoy top-tier benefits offerings including comprehensive health coverage to meet the needs of you and your family while maintaining low deductibles and low monthly out-of-pocket contributions. .

Health Premiums $25.00- Single / $90.00- Family Biweekly

Low Cost $25,000 Life Insurance

OPS FICA Alternative Retirement Plan

On the Job Trainings

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

For a more complete list of benefits, visit https://www.mybenefits.myflorida.com/.

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: Fort Myers