Wednesday, June 14, 2017

FWC Job Announcement: FWRI #77907006, OPS Biological Scientist I (Molluscan Fisheries, EastPoint)

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
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Date: Jun 13, 2017
Location: EASTPOINT, FL, US, 32328

Requisition No: 12728 
Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Working Title: OPS BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST I - FWC - 77907006
Position Number: 77907006 
Salary:  $13 - $15 per hour 
Posting Closing Date: 06/22/2017 


Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
Section: Marine Fisheries Research
Subsection: Marine Fisheries Biology- Molluscan Fisheries

This is an OPS position that does not provide moving expenses.

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 are at-will employees and are subject to actions such as pay changes, changes to work assignment and terminations at the recommendation of the employer.

  • State of Florida 401(a) FICA Alternative Plan - mandatory
  • Workers’ Compensation - mandatory
  • Reemployment Assistance (Unemployment Compensation) - mandatory
  • Participation in state group insurance (upon meeting eligibility requirements. Consult with People First and/or the servicing HR Office)
  • 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 

Job Description and Duties:
This is a full time OPS position with the Molluscan fisheries research group at the FWC facility in Eastpoint, Florida. This position will primarily assist with oyster monitoring research in Apalachicola Bay.  Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Participating in monthly field sampling efforts which involve: construction, maintenance and deployment of various field sampling gear; following safety protocols while on the boat and, in particular, while conducting scuba diving operations; benthic sample collection, sorting, dissection, and preservation; maintenance of vehicles, vessels and trailers
  • Processing laboratory samples which involves: following sampling and quality assurance/ quality control protocols; processing live animals and time-sensitive samples in a timely manner; conducting chemical and biochemical analyses including safe handling of a variety of chemicals; handling live and preserved animal specimens as well as dead specimens in varied states of decay; microscopic analysis of histological slides and specimens
  • Assisting with data entry and proofing and with preparation of summary reports including descriptive statistics and graphs
  • Administrative duties which include: adhering to purchasing protocols; completing travel documents; submitting timesheets
  • Maintaining a valid driver’s license and driving state vehicles, often while trailering research vessels up to 25’ in length, to and from research sites
  • SCUBA diving is a necessary component of field work and will require dive certification from a nationally accredited organization and the ability to obtain AAUS scientific diving certification within 6 months of employment
  • Interacting with multiple project partners on a frequent basis, and maintaining professional working relationships
  • Other duties as required by the immediate supervisor

This position will involve prolonged, intensive field work in adverse and physically challenging conditions during all months of the year, including overtime and multi-day field efforts. Many work days will reach or exceed 12 hours in duration.  Laboratory work will often be repetitive and tedious.  Because sampling will occur year-round, this position will require effective use of time to balance field work with laboratory and office duties as they pertain to research goals, including close communication with the supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the biological sciences, proof of open water scuba certification from a nationally accredited organization, and a valid driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications: Professional experience with marine benthic invertebrates and current AAUS scientific diving certification

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques used in scientific research and knowledge of laboratory procedures and practices associated with marine science fisheries research
  • Skill with methods of data collection, and laboratory and field preparations in support of field oriented fisheries research
  • Skill with basic laboratory methods including counting, weighing, measuring, animal dissections, tissue preparation and incubation, microscopy, species identification, data recording, data entry and data proofing
  • Skill with scientific laboratory and field equipment
  • Skill using Microsoft office programs including Excel and Word
  • Ability to perform strenuous field duties in adverse conditions and maintain flexibility with work hours, including working overtime and weekends
  • Ability to learn standard operating protocols and willingly follow and adhere to them
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team or independently to accomplish research goals at the direction of the supervisor or field team leader
  • Ability to think logically and apply problem-solving techniques
  • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs. repeatedly over extended periods
  • Ability to learn skills to safely trailer, operate and collect scientific samples from vessels up to 25’ in length
  • Ability to learn skills to safely use SCUBA to collect scientific data

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: Tallahassee