Date:  May 27, 2023


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Requisition No: 796038 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Position Number: 77907533 

Salary:  $24 -$26/hour, depending on experience 

Posting Closing Date: 06/02/2023 

Florida Fish & Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg is looking for boat mechanic who is a self-starter with the ability to plan & organize boat maintenance and repair work, able to interpret blueprints, take accurate measurements, perform basic math, and understand and apply regulations.


Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform preventative maintenance and repair of boats, boat engines, trailers, building, grounds, equipment, and other miscellaneous items as directed
  • Helping to create and maintain a boat, boat motor, and trailer preventative maintenance program
  • Create and organize a safe shop environment with direction from the Safety Program Manager
  • Assist the Safety Program Officer in the routine inspection of all boats, boat motors and trailers
  • Perform minor repairs on all plumbing, electrical and communication equipment
  • Perform repair/alterations of building woodwork (partitions, door, cabinets, and special scientific furniture at FWRI)
  • Perform by understanding/following all safety related rules to include OSHA, and FWRI
  • Perform/assist in the hurricane preparedness program
  • Perform setup and take down of Marine Quest outreach project
  • Assist in the annual Coast Guard inspection of all assigned boats
  • Access the Work Order system, print work requests and close out completed work orders
  • Perform other related marine and facilities duties as required


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Three years of automotive and heavy equipment repair work
  • OR three years of marine equipment repair work
  • Valid Driver License

Preference may be given to those who possess a Florida Boater Safety Card and have experience trailering a boat


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Skills with strong customer service
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques used in the maintaining of boats, engines and trailers
  • Proficient with both diesel and gas engines, inboard and outboard motors
  • Skill in the use of common bench & hand tools, and the equipment used in maintenance repair work
  • Ability to troubleshoot and problem solve all boat and trailer issue.
  • Ability to work closely with the FWRI Maintenance Supervisor, Safety Program Officer, other mechanics, Program Researchers & Boat Operators on preventative maintenance scheduling, and implementing all safety requirements and operational needs of FWRI
  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions, and communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Able to easily lift 40 lbs
  • Ability to operative a forklift efficiently and safely
  • Ability to order supplies, equipment, and track expenses and assist in the billing process, including the use of a corporate Procurement Card
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office software, especially Outlook
  • Able to work collaboratively on a team and communicate with all staff
  • Ability to work on other building maintenance issues, in at least two of the following areas (HVAC, electrical, plumbing, welding, carpentry, fabrication, painting, small engine and vehicle repair)


WHAT IS OPS EMPLOYMENT?  Other Personal Services (OPS) 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 with       People First or the servicing Human Resource Office 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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