IBA Job Board

Area Black Bear Biologists - Three Positions Available
Central, Northwest, and South Florida, USA

Position Numbers: 77909125 (Central), 77905014 (Northwest), and  77900033 (South)

Supervisor: Mike Orlando, David Telesco

OPS Employment Description: The positions are 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 Biologists will be hired to provide conflict resolution, education, and stakeholder engagement in Central, Northwest, and South Florida. These positions 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 positions will coordinate the activities of 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 positions 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 Big Bend and North Bear Stakeholder Groups 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.  If interested, applicants are encouraged to apply to all three positions.

Pay Rate: $18.20 per hour
Broadband Code: 19-1023-03
Class Code: 5074
Region: Various
Class Title: Biological Scientist III, OPS
Working Hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm, a flex schedule may be considered
List of Subordinates Supervised:
Residency Requirement:
Citizenship Requirement:
United States (see below)

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:  Applications must be submitted through the State of Florida’s official employment site (https://peoplefirst.myflorida.com/).

FWC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA Employer.

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-877-562-7287). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State Florida hires only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers. If a conditional offer of employment is made, you will be required to provide identification and proof of citizenship and or authorization to work in the United States for the hiring authority to which applications is made. E-Verify will be used to confirm work authorization.

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.

Bear Manager (Sheung Wan, Hong Kong)

Date: Monday, 14-7-2014
Download: Job_Application_Form_AAF_ChinaandVietnam.doc <http://www.eazwv.org/php/uploads/news/id215/Job_Application_Form_AAF_ChinaandVietnam.doc>
Recent restructuring of our team has created an exciting new role for the right person. Highly motivated, experienced, and dedicated animal professional is required to work with rescued Asiatic black bears at our Chengdu Bear Rescue Centre in Sichuan Province, China.

The position holder will work as part of our Bear & Vet Team responsible for overseeing teams of local bear care staff involved in the daily husbandry and management of the bears housed within the rescue centre. The Bear Manager is the direct report to two Assistant Bear Managers. The position also involves working closely with Bear Team Supervisors and liaising with the resident veterinary team to manage various daily operations. The Bear Manager will report directly to the Bear & Vet Team Director.
Due to Chinese visa requirements, a university degree in a relevant field and proven practical experience of 3 to 5 years are essential for this position.  

Co-coordinating various daily operations:

  • Animal care and management;
  • Maintenance and adjustment of existing enrichment programs;
  • Ordering animal food and other stock as required;
  • Supervising volunteers;
  • Maintaining bear behavior records & databases.

Preparing short reports for social media, supporters, or other recipients as required. Operant conditioning and formal bear training programmes for a variety of medical, behavioural and management requirements.
Human resources:

  • Staff evaluations;
  • Ensuring morale is maintained within bear care staff;
  • Identifying and addressing HR issues with the Bear & Vet Team Director as they arise.


  • University degree in zoology, biology, conservation, animal behaviour or related field
  • Three to five years work experience in a captive wild animal facility or similar working environment
  • Computer literacy, including Excel
  • Strong management skills and the ability to work in a team or independently
  • Fluent in English language
  • A good sense of humor, excellent communication skills, and the ability to live and work closely with the rest of the team comprising both western and local staff.
  • Patience and willingness to work within a different culture are essential
  • Suitable candidates must be able to commit for a minimum of 2 years.

Appointment is paid, full-time, five (5) days a week with some weekend work applicable.

The following items are included in your full-time contract

  • On-site accommodation        
  • Relocation assistance            
  • Emergency medical insurance
  • Paid holidays

How to apply
Interested parties please forward your cover letter (stating the applied position), CV with your and completed Job Application form to: hrhkg@animalsasia.org <mailto:hrhkg@animalsasia.org> . Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

For more information please visit our website www.animalsasia.org <http://www.animalsasia.org>

Closing date: 29th August 2014

We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all qualified candidates.  Personal data collected will be treated in strict confidence and used solely for recruitment purposes.