OPS Fish/Wildlife Technician

The State of Florida Lake Placid, Florida
Job Type Paid permanent

Description of duties: Assists with the application of wildlife habitat management activities including prescribed burning, mowing, chopping, clearing, planting and chemical control of desirable and non-desirable vegetation for the Lake Wales Ridge Wildlife and Environmental Area. Operates, maintains and repairs equipment and vehicles including trucks, tractors, ATVs, boats, and heavy equipment in accordance with manufacturer and industry recommendations. Assists biologists with wildlife management activities for game, non-game, imperiled and nuisance species to include surveys, nesting support, habitat analysis, site visits and accurate technical biological data collection. Assists in the planning, development and maintenance of projects facilitating public use including parking and road construction, culvert installation, trash pickup, building maintenance and fence, gate and sign construction and maintenance. Prepares and submits accurate weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports for timesheets, purchasing, harvest and accomplishments. Interacts professionally with the public and partners providing accurate information concerning wildlife, area conditions, rules and regulations. Attends regional and divisional meetings and training programs.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities: Ability to operate, maintain and repair heavy equipment and associated implements; ability to work independently; ability to plan and organize work assignments; familiarization with outdoor recreational activities; skilled in construction activities including carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and welding; knowledge of wildlife and land management principles and practices; GIS proficiency; basic use of personal computers. The ability to operate outdoors under inclement weather conditions, the ability to work productively alone with remote supervision or as member of a team, and the flexibility to occasionally work long hours and variable schedules, such as nights, weekends, or holidays.

Additional requirements: Must possess or obtain valid Class A Florida Commercial Driver’s License within first 90 days of employment. Position subject to random drug screening. Employee allowed to work a maximum of 1,920 hours per year.



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Category Fisheries, Wildlife