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RESEARCH ASSOCIATE - FWC - 77072949 1

Date: Jun 10, 2021

Location: SAINT PETERSBURG, FL, US, 33701

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Requisition No: 396262 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: RESEARCH ASSOCIATE - FWC - 77072949 1

Position Number: 77072949 

Salary:  $42,263 Annually 

Posting Closing Date: 06/24/2021 

 

  

Funding for this position is provided by a recurring federal grant. Continued employment is subject to annual renewals.

The Information Science and Management Section of the FWC, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI), is seeking qualified applicants to fill a Research Associate position in the Center for Spatial Analysis subsection. We are seeking highly-qualified applicants with strong knowledge of Interdisciplinary Oceanography, Ecology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and remote sensing applications. No moving expenses provided. Pay rate is non-negotiable.

 

Job Description

 

The research associate will serve in the Center for Spatial Analysis as a marine geospatial scientist and participate in grant funded research that applies the principles of landscape ecology in the marine environment. The research associate will assist other scientists and stakeholders by streamlining oceanographic data processing and quality control pipelines, visualizing data for diverse audiences, and organizing data for subsequent analyses. Oceanographic data includes tables and matrices, raster data, and vector data commonly used in geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, acoustics, and in situ monitoring. The research associate will use best practices for the design, development, and implementation of GIS databases, ESRI enterprise cloud products, and other applications to store and distribute oceanographic data.

 

As a marine geospatial scientist, the research associate will support interdisciplinary research projects as a co-investigator. To do so, the research associate must be creative, possess a strong quantitative and ecological background, and possess strong communication skills. The research associate must be comfortable articulating research projects and findings in writing, through interpersonal relationships, and while presenting at scientific conferences. Additionally, the research associate should be comfortable with field work involving boats and SCUBA diving.

 

Minimum Requirements

 

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.  

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.  

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.

 

Preferred Experience

 

Candidates may be given preference if they have an advanced degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in ecology or oceanography, knowledge of Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico marine environments, experience with R, experience with ArcGIS applications, and a history of peer reviewed publication.


Knowledge, Skill(s), and Abilities

 

Knowledge of Geographic Information System (GIS); remote sensing products; R; data processing pipelines, and the principles of marine ecology and oceanography. Skill in the use of ESRI ArcGIS software and the Windows operating system. Ability to produce cartographic products. Ability to effectively communicate ideas verbally, in writing, and with graphics; prepare technical reports and manuscripts; identify, gather, and analyze environmental spatial data; and establish and maintain effective working relationships. Willingness and ability to participate in field work. Maintain valid driver's license.

 

Where to Apply

 

Applicants are required to submit a complete, up-to-date, State of Florida Employment Application Form electronically in People First (http://peoplefirst.myflorida.com) by the closing date listed.  Resumes and supporting documentation may be submitted at the same time you are applying online, faxed, or mailed to People First, but do not replace the requirement for a completed State of Florida Employment Application Form.

 

If you experience technical difficulties during the application process or when attaching documents, call People First staffing at 1-877-562-7287.  If unable to attach supporting documents to your application, they may be faxed to the People First Service Center at 1-888-403-2110.  Be sure to include the Requisition number for the position to which you are applying on each page of your faxed documents.

 

If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida.  Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.

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

 

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. 


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