Manatee GIS and Data Management Position at Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

FW by Andy Wilson>>>>>>>>>>>>
Working Title: OPS FISHERIES & WILDLIFE BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST II Broadband/Class Code: 19-1023-02 Position Number: 77900909-51196773 Annual Salary Range: $16 per hour Announcement Type: Open Competitive City: SAINT PETERSBURG
Facility: FISH AND WILDLIFE RESEARCH INSTITUTE Pay Grade/ Pay Band: BB008 Closing Date: 6/17/2014 Job Description:
This is a technical position that supports Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) scientists in managing tabular and spatial (GIS) data for research on the Florida manatee and its habitat. Specific manatee research conducted at FWRI includes population monitoring, carcass recovery and necropsy, telemetry, mark-recapture, and habitat characterization. The incumbent will interact and problem-solve with researchers and field station staff on various projects. The main responsibilities for this position are entering and verifying tabular and spatial data; assisting with the creation, maintenance, quality assurance and quality control of multiple databases; developing cartographic products and tabular data summaries for use in publications, reports, presentations and field research and for management purposes; assisting with metadata documentation and data archive; and locating, retrieving and compiling biological and environmental data. The person in this position will communicate technical information to coworkers, while maintaining a professional working environment that promotes teamwork within working units and with the Marine Mammal Program at FWRI. The person will occasionally participate in public outreach efforts and may have the opportunity to take part in a limited amount of field work, depending on interests, skills and program needs. Required Education:
A Bachelor’s degree with a major in one of the life or physical sciences. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

* Knowledge of GIS, relational databases and data management principles. * Knowledge of wildlife ecology, biology, or natural systems.
* Skilled at using a personal computer, preferably including experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and ArcGIS 9.x or 10.x.
* Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; ability to work well independently and as a member of a team. Qualified applicants will need to be organized, detail-oriented, self-motivated and adept at problem-solving and time management to succeed in this position. * Must be able to obtain and maintain a valid Driver’s License. Preferred Experience:
Applicants having experience with SQL Server, Microsoft Lightswitch, Model Builder, Python and/or R may be given preference. Application Requirements:
Applicants are required to submit a complete, up-to-date, State of Florida Application Form electronically in People First, by midnight on the closing date listed. Go to: (enter 77900909 in the keyword search field). Additionally, applicants are required to complete the additional application questions and are encouraged to attach a cover letter, resume and three references with their People First application by the closing date. Further supporting documentation may be submitted in People First, but do not replace the requirement for a completed State of Florida application form.
If you experience technical difficulties during the application process or when attaching documents, call People First staffing at 1-877-562-7287. If unable to attach supporting documents to your application, they may be faxed to the People First Service Center at 1-888-403-2110. Be sure to include the Requisition number for the position to which you are applying on each page of your faxed documents.
WHAT IS OPS EMPLOYMENT? 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. WHAT BENEFITS ARE APPLICABLE TO OPS EMPLOYEES?

* 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
The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.
Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or the 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 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.
The State of Florida hires only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers. An Employment Eligibility Verification Check will be conducted in the E-Verify System which is a federal government electronic database that confirms the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.
If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.


Jobs with fieldwork

Hi ES students and alums seeking jobs,

There was a recent thread on one of my list-serves about environmental jobs with fieldwork. Check out the links below if you are job searching…

Happy Summer!



EPA GRO Fellowships

ES Majors – check out the EPA fellowship opportunity below. The deadline is coming up soon.

Have a great summer!


From: Laura Runyan
Sent: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 3:58 PM
To: Rutherford Platt; John Commito; Monica Ogra; Sarah Principato; Salma Monani; Andrew Wilson
Cc: Maureen Forrestal; Richard Rosenberg
Subject: EPA GRO Fellowships
Importance: High

Hi All,

EPA GRO Undergraduate Fellowships are currently available for students to apply to. The purpose of the program is to defray costs associated with environmentally-oriented study leading to a bachelor’s degree. The Fellowship provides support for students in their junior and senior year for research and tuition assistance, as well as for a summer internship at an EPA facility. The student is the applicant, not the institution. The stipends are quite generous and last year students at Wellesley, Lafayette, St. Olaf, Dickinson, and others were successful.

Unfortunately, the deadline is right around the corner (May 27, 2014). If you know of any students that might be eligible, feel free to share this information. If not, you could also keep this in mind for next year.



Laura Runyan

Assistant Director

Foundation, Government and Faculty Grants

Gettysburg College



Reminder: EI Environmental Leadership Program

Hi, ES students –

I know you are busy, so just a quick reminder about the Eisenhower Institute Environmental Leadership Program for next year. It’s a great opportunity, so please look into it!

Good luck! – John

John A. Commito


Environmental Studies Department

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA 17325 USA

Phone: 717-337-6030

Fax: 717-337-8550

E-mail: jcommito


Environmental Sustainability at the Community Level.pdf

summer externship opportunity for ES student

Interested in pursuing a career in environmental consulting? See below…

From: Kathy Williams
Sent: Thursday, May 01, 2014 11:44 AM
To: Lisa Rynkiewicz
Subject: recently added summer externship opportunity for ES student

Hi Lisa,

We just received a nice summer externship opportunity for an ES student and so I hoped you might be able to send this to the ES majors and minors, as well as faculty. Here are the details:

One week long summer externship

Maser Consulting, Red Bank New Jersey (corporate headquarters)

Opportunity being sponsored by a Gettysburg College parent

The extern will be exposed to both Ecological and Environmental disciplines. There will be a mix of field work and office work, to give a well-rounded view of a consulting environment. Each day will be spent with a different professional within those two departments. Actual work will be determined at the time of the externship depending on our current projects. Dates for externship are flexible and student needs to either be local or provide own housing. If interested, please contact Kathy Williams in the Center for Career Development, kawillia

Thanks for spreading the word!


Kathy Williams, Ed.D.

Executive Director, Center for Career Development

Gettysburg College

300 N. Washington St., Box 425

Gettysburg, PA 17339