OPS Fish & Wildlife Technician / Prescribed Fire Technician
Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
Location: Newberry, FL (Alachua County)
Job Category: Part-time, Temporary, OPS Position (average 20 – 30 hours per week – one opening available
(Note: this is not a Career Service Position and does not receive paid holidays, paid leave, or other State of Florida benefits)
Salary: $13.21/ hour
Estimated Start Date: 10/15/17
Estimated End Date: 6/30/2018
Last Date to Apply: 9/30/2017
Job Description: This OPS position will primarily assist and supplement Watermelon Pond WEA staff in the preparation, conduct, and mop up of prescribed burning operations on 1,300 acres of fire maintained natural communities and other habitat management projects, located in Alachua County. Duties will primarily consist of the following:
- Assure that FWC vehicles and equipment are maintained in continual fire-ready status (e.g., top off all water tanks, fuel tanks, drip torches, etc. prior to/after each burn; complete necessary maintenance/repairs; replace as necessary and organize tools, parts, etc.; repair drip torches as needed; clean required equipment as necessary; etc.).
- Utilize equipment and hand tools to improve/maintain firebreaks, such as farm tractors with Brown’s Tree Cutter to mow and maintain firelines and walking trails for ground ignition, or farm tractor with heavy disk to establish mineral soil perimeter lines.
- Assist WMA staff in fuel reduction activities through mowing of burn units to reduce height of fuels.
- Participate on prescribed burns, primarily in a holding and mop-up capacity depending on qualifications.
- Assist WEA staff with operation of brush truck to hold and mop-up prescribed fires.
- Assist WEA staff with keeping work compound and equipment clean and organized.
- Assist WEA staff with other duties as required and assigned.
- Assist with prescribed burning and other projects on other WEAs and WMAs as required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Ability and willingness to perform difficult physical work for extended and irregular periods, under adverse conditions and in various extremes of weather; ability to work both independently and as part of a team; demonstrate good situational awareness and the ability to communicate with colleagues; ability to safely, effectively, and efficiently use and maintain common wildland fire hand tools, brush-cutters, leaf blowers, chainsaws, pumps/hose-lays, etc.; ability to safely, effectively, and efficiently operate wildland fire type six engines (brush truck), ATVs/UTVs, 4wd trucks, and farm tractors with mowing and disking attachments; ability to plan and organize work assignments effectively and efficiently; basic use of personal computers.
REQUIRED: High School Diploma or equivalent
PREFERRED: Completion of S-130 and S-190, Florida Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Training and/or, Florida Interagency Basic Prescribed Fire Course; at least 1 year experience in wildland fire and/or land management; CPR/First Aid certification; mechanical experience, i.e. troubleshooting and repairing trucks, ATVs/UTVs, small engines, electrical wiring, etc.
Must possess a current and valid driver’s license.
How To Apply: Send your letter of interest, 3 references, and resume to Mr. Norberto Fernandez, Lead Area Biologist, via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, postal mail to Andrews WMA Field Office, Attn: Norberto Fernandez, 9550 NW 160th St., Fanning Springs, Florida 32693, or apply in person at the Andrews WMA Field Office.
FWC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA Employer. If you require an accommodation to participate in the application / selection process, please contact the hiring authority in advance.
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.
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 of Florida supports a drug-free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S.