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Osceola Wild Turkey Crew Lead

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission-Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
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Seasonal, Temporary, Internship
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Job Description:

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is hiring a seasonal OPS crew lead in early January – May 2024 (some flexibility on the end date) to assist on a cooperative project with the University of Florida that is assessing the breeding chronology of Osceola wild turkeys in south and south-central Florida. Fieldwork will be conducted near Immokalee and Yeehaw Junction. Duties include scouting and baiting trap sites, clearing and prepping trap sites, organizing and preparing trapping equipment and supplies, trapping wild turkeys, checking radio-tagged hens, monitoring nests and broods, and deploying autonomous recording units (ARU). Field conditions include inclement weather and multiple biting insects (mosquitos, ticks, chiggers, etc.). General conditions include pine flatwoods with minimal road access.


Applicants preferably should have a background in wildlife field research and are working toward or have completed a B.S. in Wildlife Biology, Forestry, or a related field. Experience with radio telemetry, turkey trapping, and bleeding birds preferred. Applicants must be able to tolerate harsh environmental conditions, early mornings, and long hours. Applicants must also be able to operate 4x4 vehicles and ATVs. They must also be able to navigate using maps and GPS. Applicants must also be comfortable with working alone on the duties listed above. A valid U.S. driver’s license is required.



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


Housing is provided on-site in the form of a camper trailer.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references as a SINGLE PDF DOCUMENT to Bobbi Carpenter at Applications reviewed as received.

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