Two self-sufficient and detail-oriented technicians are needed for a black bear abundance study in south central Florida from about May 1st through about August 15th. Barbed wire hair corrals will be built as a team, but technicians will check them independently once per week for 6 weeks then remove them. Applicants must be dependable, able to accurately enter field data onto paper and a cloud-based database and manage hair samples with minimal supervision.
• Have A valid U.S. driver’s license, clean driving record, and authorization to work in the U.S. are required.
• Be working towards a B.S. degree in wildlife ecology/management, zoology, ecology, natural resources, or related field.
• Be motivated and self-sufficient to work unsupervised and with attention to detail.
• Be in excellent physical condition and be capable of lifting 40 pounds, hiking alone through dense vegetation, and working with biting insects, and poisonous plants in harsh weather conditions (hot temperatures, high humidity, heavy rain and lightning).
• Experience building and maintaining barbed wire hair corrals
• Experience driving a 4WD truck and ATV on wet, unmanaged roads/trails and trailering equipment as well as navigating to corral locations by handheld GPS.
• Experience entering data into Excel or a cellphone-based cloud database, accurately checking data to correct errors, and appropriately storing physical samples of bear hair.
• Have excellent communication skills to interact with remote supervisor, private landowners as well as state or federal agency personnel.
• Able to follow agency and landowner rules and regulations.
Shared housing will be provided, but food and other living expenses will not be covered. Applicants must also be comfortable living in close quarters with members of the opposite sex and be respectful of others while living and working in close quarters. Applicants will be driving an agency vehicle during work hours but will need their own transportation for personal time. Long hours (10+ hours/day) and occasional work on weekends or holidays may be required; any work over 40 hours in a pay week will be compensated at 1.5 times hourly rate.
What Benefits Are Applicable To Other Personal Services (OPS) Employees?
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
What Benefits Are Not Applicable To OPS Employees?
Any form of paid leave
Participation in the Florida Retirement System
Reinstatement rights or retention rights
All applicants must apply through the agency website: