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The Area Bear Biologist 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.
Description of Position & Duties: Area Bear Biologist will be hired to provide conflict resolution, education, and stakeholder engagement in the south Florida.  The position will work as part of a team with staff from other Sections and Divisions to respond to public requests for assistance with human-bear conflicts, which will include site visits to provide technical assistance and assess causes of conflicts, trapping, immobilizing and either relocating or euthanizing bears, and retrieving information from and disposing of carcasses of dead bears.  The position will coordinate the activities of multiple Bear Response Contractors, manage a bear deterrent loaner equipment program for the public, manage bear traps and other equipment for agency use, and enter field data on bears collected in their area of responsibility.  The position will actively seek out and provide education and outreach opportunities to partner agencies, local governments, businesses, and residents at public events, meetings, schools, and other venues.  The positions will participate as the lead agency representative on the South Bear Stakeholder Group and maintain communications and relationships with local stakeholders.  The positions will assist in the implementation of many strategies outlined in the 2012 Florida Black Bear Management Plan.
Region:  South
Class Title:  Biological Scientist III, OPS
County:  Collier
Working Hours:  8:00am – 5:00pm, a flex schedule may be considered
Level of Education & Experience: Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred, in environmental science, biology, or other natural resources field. Experience working with wildlife, preferably human-wildlife conflicts - 1 year required, 2+ years preferred.  Experience with trapping and handling wildlife, preferably bears.  Related professional experience may substitute for a graduate degree or a graduate degree may substitute for some related professional experience. Proficiency in MS software applications- Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required, Access and SharePoint preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
•Knowledge, skill and ability to design, coordinate, implement and evaluate a variety of effective wildlife conflict mitigation strategies and techniques.
•Ability to work well as part of a team to accomplish tasks.
•Ability to provide clear, timely, and effective updates to supervisor.
•Ability to communicate and manage high stress situations in a calm, organized, and professional manner.
•Ability to engage with stakeholders for effective conservation and management efforts.
•Ability to communicate effectively both in writing and orally to large and small groups with various educational backgrounds.
•Ability to work independently to plan, coordinate, and prioritize work assignments.
•Ability to represent agency viewpoint without personal conflicts.
•Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, pull a trailer, and operate a mechanical winch.
•Ability to be trained to use chemical immobilization methods and handle all aspects required to maintain a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency license.
•Ability to accurately collect and log field data.
•Ability to work in harsh outdoor conditions in high heat and humidity carrying heavy loads and exposed to biting insects and venomous snakes.
•Ability to work in a highly adaptive environment.
•Ability to work well with a variety of personalities and with persons of varied levels of wildlife conservation understanding.
•Skilled in the use of computers for word processing, information management, communications, and data management.
•Ability to travel overnight and/or multiple days to complete job tasks.
•Ability to work a flexible schedule, with potential night, weekend, and/or holiday work hours.
How to Apply:  Applicants must apply through the State of Florida's official job website, People First: https://jobs.myflorida.com/index.html