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OPS-Fish & Wildlife Technician - 77901288

Date: Jun 26, 2020

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Requisition No: 196223 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: OPS-Fish & Wildlife Technician - 77901288

Position Number: 77901288 

Salary:  $16.50/hour plus benefits 

Posting Closing Date: 07/13/2020 



POSITION:  Fisheries and Wildlife Biological Scientist II


SECTION:    Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management – Richloam Hatchery


LOCATION:  Florida Bass Conservation Center/Richloam State Fish Hatchery

                  3583 County Road 788

                  Webster, FL 33597


SALARY:       $16.50/hour plus benefits


DURATION:  July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021


CONTACT:     Melissa Garnett

                   3583 County Road 788

                   Webster, FL 33597

                   (352) 583-4518 ext. 21008


This position is grant funded by the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida, ending June 30, 2021. Position may be extended if additional grant funds are awarded.


** Pending Reclassification to OPS Biological Scientist II **



FWC’s Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management is seeking an applicant that will work on the restoration of the freshwater mussel community to Lake Trafford. This position will lead all aspects of freshwater intensive mussel culture activities, which will include broodstock collections, population surveys, host fish inoculations, daily tank cleaning, water quality monitoring, and maintaining system control devices.


The incumbent will assist in the design and implementation of specific scientific studies conducted at Richloam State Fish Hatchery, in relation to freshwater mussel propagation research. In addition, this person will lead data collection; conduct literature searches,  preparation of final reports, and publishing of scientific studies conducted at the hatchery.

The incumbent will also assist with transporting mussels to stocking locations and follow up survival surveys.




  • Knowledge of basic scientific terminology and principles
  • Knowledge of aquatic biology
  • Basic knowledge of the freshwater mussel life cycle
  • Basic laboratory technique and microscope skills
  • Knowledge of water chemistry and basic understanding of aquaculture techniques
  • Skill in the use of MS Office Software
  • Ability to generate, curate, analyze biological data in a relevant manner
  • Ability to communicate research findings in an effective manner
  • Ability to problem-solve and handle conflict with professionalism
  • Ability to effectively communicate written and orally with the scientific community and with public stakeholders
  • Ability to participate in, design and conduct biological studies/surveys
  • Ability to work in teams and independently to complete tasks in a timely and organized manner
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including nights, weekends and holidays
  • Ability to travel out of town with overnight stays

  • Must communicate with the public effectively; work well as part of a team and with minimum supervision; possess good writing skills, and effectively communicate verbally. 
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Florida driver’s license.
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in in a life or physical science.
    In addition to submitting a completed state application via People First, applicants are required to submit a current resume and cover letter highlighting their qualifications and interest in the position.
    Office hours are from 7:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. EST, Monday through Friday
    This position requires periodic work time on weekends and evenings. Occasional overnight travel is required.
    State of Florida Benefits for OPS Employees Include:
  • Health and dental packages
  • Supplemental insurance options
  • State of Florida FICA Alternative Retirement Plan for OPS Employees
  • Tax Deferred Investment Plan – Voluntary
  • Health savings accounts and flexible spending accounts – Voluntary
  • Free Basic Life Insurance benefit for $25,000 with additional options to increase
  • Uniform Allowance


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: Orlando