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OPS Assistant Research Scientist - 77907296

Date: Oct 13, 2020

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Requisition No: 246761 

 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

 

Working Title: OPS Assistant Research Scientist - 77907296

 

Position Number: 77907296 

 

Salary:  $25 per hour 

 

Posting Closing Date: 10/31/2020 

Requisition No: 52271 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: Assistant Research Scientist - 77907296

Position Number: 77907296

Salary:  $25 per hour 

Posting Closing Date: 10/23/2020 

Section: Marine Fisheries Research

Subsection: Fisheries Dependent Monitoring

Location:  St. Petersburg, FL

 

 The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute is seeking qualified applicants to fill two analytical support positions in the Fisheries Dependent Monitoring subsection. The applicants selected for these positions will support efforts to collect, manage and analyze recreational catch and effort data statewide.  The applicants selected should have an interest in contributing to improving data collection that supplements state and regional stock assessments.

 

Responsibilities that are common to both positions include:

  • Manipulating large data sets, synthesizing data, creating standardized time series
  • Develop new and improved methods to share and disseminate data and results, including web query tools.
  • Clearly documenting methods and results in written reports and manuscripts

 

Additional Responsibilities for Position 1:

  • Developing models and evaluating trends in catch-per-unit-effort
  • Responding to data requests from other agency departments, regional partners and stakeholders in a timely manner
  • Develop new and innovative methods to collect data in the field, including electronic data capture and electronic reporting
  • Conducting data analyses for state and regional stock assessments as needed
  • Optimizing QA/QC protocols and data management for state survey data

 

Additional Responsibilities for Position 2:

  • Develop new and innovative methods to collect data in the field, specifically electronic data capture, passive electronic monitoring and artificial intelligence
  • Run routine estimates of recreational fishing effort/ landings and make estimates publicly available
  • Provide standardized data sets for use in stock assessments and fisheries management
  • Run routine sample draws
  • Develop, test and implement new survey methods to improve response rates, address potential bias, and reduce potential sources of error
  • Assist with survey validation tests
  • Synthesize and analyze data
  • Produce tools to aid fishery management decisions.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 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 two years of experience in one of the physical or natural sciences or mathematics; or two years of experience as a Research Assistant – FWC or
  • A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the educational areas listed above can substitute for one year of the required experience or
  • A doctorate from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the educational areas listed above can substitute for the required experience.

 **Preference may be given to candidates who demonstrate experience with:

  • Background in fisheries monitoring;
  • Quantitative analytical skills;
  • Proficiency in at least two of the following scripting languages: SQL, SAS, R, or MATLAB;
  • Advanced training or coursework in a related discipline;
  • Background or education in computer science, or degree in wildlife or fisheries science or discipline closely related to the duties and responsibilities of this position.
     

Knowledge, Skill(s), and Abilities

  • Proficient with SAS or similar statistical software;
  • Experience synthesizing and summarizing data;
  • Experience querying data from relational database management systems, including SQL;
  • Experience writing transactional queries, stored procedures, and functions within a database management system;
  • Excellent verbal and communication skills including the ability to articulate technical information to colleagues and prepare technical documentation;
  • Strong attention to detail and time management skills.

 

Where To Apply

Applicants are required to apply through People First by the closing date listed.  Resumes and supporting documentation may be submitted at the same time of application online.

 

If you experience technical difficulties during the application process or when attaching documents, call People First staffing at 1-877-562-7287. 

 

WHAT IS OPS EMPLOYMENT?  Other Personal Services (OPS) employment is a 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.

WHAT BENEFITS ARE APPLICABLE TO OPS EMPLOYEES? 

  • 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 to determine eligibility.)     
  • Deferred Compensation - voluntary
  • Employee Assistance Program – voluntary

WHAT BENEFITS ARE NOT APPLICABLE TO OPS EMPLOYEES?

  • 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.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Tampa

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.

 

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 


Nearest Major Market: Tampa