Description of duties:
· Capturing pine snakes through drift-fence array methods or by opportunistic capture
- Processing all captured snakes (weighing, taking length measurements, sexing, inserting PIT tag)
- Safely transporting pine snakes to a facility for radio-transmitter implantation
- Regular radio tracking snakes to their location by foot or vehicle and using a GPS unit
- Using triangulation to determine transmittered pine snakes’ locations
- Collecting environmental and habitat/vegetation data at each pine snake location
- Entering data into Excel and maintaining neat data records
- Communicating with supervising biologists on a regular basis
- Interacting with landowners to request permission to access privately owned lands to track pine snakes
Work for this position will be conducted primarily at Suwannee Ridge and Fort White Wildlife and Environmental Areas in North Central Florida. Work for this position will begin in April/May 2017 and last for two years. As this is a near-exclusive field-oriented position, no dedicated office space will be provided but some workspace may be available when needed. An FWC vehicle will be provided for field work. Some overnight travel may be required. Housing is not provided.
Level of Education: Bachelor’s Degree in the biological sciences is preferred, but experience can substitute for the degree.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Familiarity with reptile sampling techniques, husbandry, and radio-telemetry is ideal. Experience working on the ecology, conservation, or management of herpetofauna or other non-game wildlife species preferred. Experience working for a natural resource management agency preferred. Enthusiasm for field work a must. Knowledge of local flora is helpful. Must have good abilities to communicate and work effectively with others. Ability to use computers efficiently is required. Must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to drive a 4x4 pick-up truck and ATV. Must have a highly flexible work schedule (including some weekend availability) and be capable of working effectively with little direct supervision, in remote locations, and under hot and humid weather conditions. Must be able to represent FWC in a professional manner and effectively forge relationships with landowners to request permission to track snakes onto private property.
The position is OPS (Other Personnel Services) which means that employees are paid for the number of hours they work. OPS employees do not receive any form of paid leave, paid holidays, or participation in the Florida Retirement System. OPS employees do have the option to receive health insurance benefits.