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Date: Dec 7, 2017

Location: SAINT PETERSBURG, FL, US, 33701

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Requisition No: 25709 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: OPS BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST I - FWC - 77907593

Position Number: 77907593 

Salary:  $15 per hour/40 hrs per week 

Posting Closing Date: 12/18/2017 



Section:  Marine Fisheries Research

Subsection:  Crustacean Fisheries Research

Location:  St Petersburg, FL (Pinellas County)

Rate of Pay:  $15.00/hour; 40 hrs. /wk.

OPS Field Biologist for the Florida stone crab fishery-independent monitoring program.  Duties include conducting fisheries field sampling, coordinating sampling trips with contracted fishermen, running successful field sampling trips along the west central Florida region, processing field samples following standardized protocols, and maintaining and repairing sampling gear and research equipment used in routine fisheries monitoring.  Enter data into computer and proof and correct data to ensure accurate entry.    Maintain scientific collection records.  Maintain good relations with co-workers and participating contracted fishermen.  Participate in public outreach efforts as appropriate.  The qualified applicant will be based at the FWC/FWRI Lab in St Petersburg, with regular travel to other locations along Florida’s west coast for field sampling. 


Bachelor's degree in one of the biological sciences.  Boating experience preferred.  Knowledge of methods and gear used for collection of biological or fisheries samples, and of personal computers and database software.  Familiarity with computer-based biological analytical programs.  Ability to perform strenuous field duties in adverse conditions which includes lifting of 40 pound traps; travel as necessary to conduct field sampling; collect and analyze biological or fisheries data;; prepare technical reports and communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships; and maintain a valid Florida driver’s license.


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.



  • 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 the servicing HR office or People First for details.)
  • Deferred Compensation - voluntary
  • Employee Assistance Program – voluntary



  • 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.

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