Job Opening – Florida – Ecological Data Specialist

Date: Dec 6, 2018
Location: GAINESVILLE, FL, US, 32601

Requisition No: 49821
Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
Working Title: OPS F&W Biological Scientist III – 77907468
Position Number: 77907468
Salary: $24.04/hour
Posting Closing Date: 01/06/2019

FWC-FWRI OPS Ecological Data Specialist:
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking to hire a 40 hour per week OPS Ecological Data Specialist/Consultant to be housed in Gainesville, FL. Our ideal candidate is an ecological scientist with data management, study design, field data collection, and analysis experience. The successful candidate will provide consulting support to FWC staff in all aspects of the data life cycle; they will serve as a scientific data advocate. The candidate will help staff develop clearly defined survey protocols and data collection techniques, develop relational databases with standards and metadata, and create work flow processes for data collection, storage, QA/QC, archival, and distribution. The candidate will work with staff to implement data management concepts and usher project data through the data lifecycle. In cases where application products are needed, the successful candidate will provide consulting assistance to identify potential software solutions, develop application specifications, prioritize development needs, and hire technical experts as needed. The successful candidate will have opportunities to work on a wide variety of conservation-related projects in a unique and rewarding collaborative working environment. The salary is $50,000 annually (there is no state income tax in Florida) and includes full health benefits. To apply please submit a cover letter describing your qualifications and interest in the position, along with a CV, through the Florida State PeopleFirst system by January 6th, 2019.

Minimum Qualifications:
At least a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in natural sciences, data science, statistics, or a related field. Three or more years of professional database management experience is preferred. Preference may be given to applicants who have experience with fish and wildlife data collection and analysis, relational database management, application development, natural resource data management, and/or a doctorate from an accredited college or university in statistics, data science, or one of the natural sciences.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
• Must have excellent written and oral communication skills
• Must be able to understand and appreciate natural resource problems from the perspective of a biologist or resource manager
• Must be able to identify and define technical needs, and assist with project prioritization to ensure priority project needs are met in a timely fashion
• Must be able to produce database & application user manuals in a manner that is easily shared with and understood by biologists
• Must be proficient with Excel, Access, and SQL
• Must have applied database and application development experience
• Must be familiar with database and interface design principals, data standardization methodologies, relational database structures, and normalizing & optimization techniques
• Must be able to multi-task and work independently to plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments
• Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with research staff, including personnel stationed at field offices throughout the state of Florida
• Experience with fish and wildlife data collection and analysis techniques preferred
• Familiarity with low code tools application development is preferred, including but not limited to Survey123, Collector, ArcGIS Online, Fulcrum, MS Access
WHAT IS OPS EMPLOYMENT? Other Personal Services (OPS) temporary employer/employee relationship used solely for accomplishing short term or intermittent tasks. OPS employees do not fill established positions and may not be assigned the duties of any vacant authorized position. OPS employees are at-will employees and are subject to actions such as pay changes, changes to work assignment and terminations at the pleasure of the agency head or designee.

• State of Florida 401(a) FICA Alternative Plan – mandatory
• Workers’ Compensation – mandatory
• Reemployment Assistance (Unemployment Compensation) – mandatory
• Participation in state group insurance (upon meeting eligibility requirements)
• Deferred Compensation – voluntary
• Employee Assistance Program – voluntary

• Any form of paid leave
• Paid holidays
• Participation in the Florida Retirement System
• Reinstatement rights or retention rights

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Gainesville

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