2015_08: Manatee Field Biologist, Melbourne, FL

LOCATION_: Melbourne, FL (Brevard County)
RATE OF PAY: $13.00/hour, 40 hours/week


Duties include but are not limited to recovery of manatee carcasses from a six county area on the central East Coast of Florida (Brevard, Indian River, southern Volusia, Seminole, Orange and Osceola). Conduct necropsies on badly decomposed manatee carcasses and transport fresh to moderately decomposed manatee carcasses to the necropsy facility in St. Petersburg. Participate in manatee rescues, including coordination of capture and transportation of injured manatees to the appropriate rehabilitation facility. Conduct aerial surveys of manatees, trackradio-tagged manatees and photograph manatees for photo identification purposes. Participate in aerial verification and/or documentation flights for the North Atlantic right whale. Participate in data entry, office work, cleaning of equipment, maintenance of vehicles, vessels, and trailers, and public outreach including working with the media. Work
long, unscheduled hours on short notice that include some evenings, weekends and holidays. Regular schedule may include weekends. Overnight trips within the state also may be required.


A bachelor’s degree with a major in one of the biological sciences.


Applicant must obtain boater safety certification within the first six months of employment.
Applicant must be able to swim proficiently. Field work is highly physical and applicant must be willing and able to lift 50 lbs on a
regular basis. Must have the ability to work both as a team member as well as independently in various field situations. Must be able to work under adverse field conditions, potentially nights, on weekends and holidays. Must be able to establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships; think logically and apply problem-solving techniques; effectively communicate verbally and in
writing; and maintain a valid driver’s License. Must have a clean record to pass a required Homeland Security clearance for some areas within our coverage. Applicants must be detail oriented, have a strong work ethic, and be self-motivated.


Marine mammal stranding-response experience is preferred. Knowledge and the ability to use personal computers, field gear, and cameras are highly desired. Demonstrable ability to safely operate and trailer boats less than 30 feet in length is also highly


Other Personal Services (OPS) employment is a 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 availability and you
    must meet eligibility requirements)
  * Deferred Compensation – voluntary
  * Employee Assistance Program – voluntary

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