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Fish/Wildlife Technician
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Job Description

Wildlife Technician

Apalachicola River Wildlife & Environmental Area, Gulf County $27,482.52 annual plus benefits. Heavy equipment operation, vegetation control, road & facility maintenance, controlled burns, manage public hunts, and wildlife surveys. 

Description of duties:

This Career Service position works with a team of biologists and one other technician to manage wildlife populations and their habitats on the Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area (WEA).  Incumbent operates and maintains heavy equipment used to complete management projects on the area. Responsible for maintenance, diagnosis of problems and repairs of equipment including bulldozer, front-end loader/backhoe, dump truck, farm tractors, mowers, trucks, trailers, ATVs, outboard motors, chainsaws and construction equipment.   Assists with the development and maintenance of area improvements such as informational signs, kiosks, picnic facilities, roads, boat ramps, observation tower/boardwalk, parking areas, trails, fences, gates, water control structures, equipment storage facilities and offices. Maintenance activities require experience and skills in electrical, carpentry, plumbing, painting and welding.  Conducts habitat management activities which include the use of specialized mechanical equipment for clearing and chopping dense vegetation, controlled burning, groundcover restoration, preparation and planting wildlife forage plants, and chemical or mechanical control of invasive pest plants. Assists area biologists in conducting wildlife surveys. Monitors vegetation response to habitat manipulations through photo-points and other documentation.

Assists with management of public hunts, monitoring public use through traffic counters, and collecting biological data from hunter harvested animals including deer Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) specimens. Performs routine administrative responsibilities such as submitting biweekly timesheets, vehicular operation cost records, monthly progress reports, preparing purchase order requests and coding invoices to proper accounts. Assists other wildlife management areas as directed and provides technical assistance to individuals, organizations, and other government agencies regarding wildlife and habitat management including nuisance bear abatement. Participates in regional and divisional coordination meetings or training programs.  Completes other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  Knowledge and experience in electrical, carpentry, plumbing, welding, and painting.

  Knowledge and experience with the application of prescribed fire.

  Knowledge and experience with chemical or mechanical control of invasive exotic vegetation.

  Knowledge of GPS (Global Positioning Systems)

  Ability to operate, maintain, diagnose, and repair heavy equipment, tractors, farm implements, ATVs, and outboard motors.

  Ability to work independently and in a variety of weather conditions.

  Ability to plan and prioritize work assignments, multi-task.

  Ability to deal effectively with customers.

  Ability to communicate effectively with external and internal customers.

Broadband code: 19-4021-01

Class code: 5031

Region: Northwest (03)

Title: Fish & Wildlife Technician

County: Gulf and Franklin

Working hours: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm CT, Monday through Friday, may require some night or weekend duty.

List of any subordinates supervised: none

Residency requirement: Florida, must reside within a 25 mile radius of the Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area.

Level of Education- High School Diploma, general educational development or greater.

Equal employer opportunity/affirmative action/american with disabilities act and veterans’ preference employer.

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