[Coral-List] FWC Corals Research Position

Callahan, Michael Michael.Callahan at MyFWC.com
Mon Jul 30 08:55:14 EDT 2007

Please note the following job announcement.  Unfortunately, the People
First system will be down from 6pm 7/26/07-7/31/07 so please plan

Position Number: 77070361
Closing Date: 7/26/2007
County: Pinellas County
Annual Salary Range: $55,029 annually
Announcement Type: Open Competitive
Closing Date: 8/03/07


Note:  In addition to submitting the state of Florida Application Form
through People First, Applicants must also submit their resume to the
address below or fax to 727-823-0166, attention Personnel Office and
reference position #70361:
FWC/Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 8th Avenue S.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Applicants selected for interviews will also be required to give a
thirty minute seminar to staff at the F&W Research Institute, in St.
Petersburg, Florida.

Job Description:

Lead the coral reef research group in ecological research and long term
monitoring of Florida reef communities. Write proposals and design
projects with staff assistance. Manage and/or oversee management of
coral reef grants and contracts to assure completion of project goals.
Prepare, manage and monitor annual budgets ensuring that expenditures do
not exceed spending authority. Plan and coordinate research activities
of the group.  Supervise assigned staff (FTE and grant funded OPS).
Duties include recruitment, training, reviewing performance, and
ensuring compliance with Commission and FMRI rules, policies, and

Participate in coral reef field research. Conduct research, underwater
surveys and monitoring to assess status and trends of coral reefs
targeting community structure, population and community dynamics.
Participate in surveys/monitoring to assess bleaching, diseases and
other sources of coral damages. Act as principal investigator in the
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Coral Evaluation and Monitoring
project, utilize SCUBA techniques in underwater visual sampling.
Identify scleractinian corals and other benthic reef  taxa to
appropriate taxonomic level and collect video imagery. Analyze images
with specialized software. Oversee Quality Assurance/Quality Control as
needed according to quality assurance standards/protocols. Maintain
proficiency as FWRI/AAUS scientific diver.

Coordinate, supervise and conduct coral research descriptive and
statistical data analyses. Prepare, guide and review preparation of
documents and scientific manuscripts for refereed or peer reviewed
journals assuring that products are timely, accurate and of high

Make presentations at public, managerial, governmental, & scientific
meetings & symposia. Participate in cooperative projects and provide
expert assistance to other governmental, academic, and private groups as
an expert in coral reef ecology. Review proposed regulatory actions for
consistency with State reef resource management goals. Serve as member
of the Ecosystem Assessment and Restoration Leadership team meeting
regularly to review EAR programs and implement Institute initiatives.
Represent Florida and the FWC on resource assessment, scientific, and
management committees at the State, federal and regional level as
assigned. Promote and participate in public outreach efforts as

Minimum Education and Experience. 
A bachelor's degree with five years related experience, one of which
must have been as a supervisor.  Preference may be given to candidates
having a master's degree with five years experience in reef research,
one of which must have been as a supervisor.

Knowledge, skills and abilities.  
Knowledge of: marine benthic ecology and systematics of reef organisms;
terminology, principles, and techniques used in ecological research,
statistical analyses and reporting; principles and techniques related to
benthic resource management; principles of supervision and project
management, financial management, word processing, spreadsheet, and
database software; principles of SCUBA diving, basic seamanship, and
underwater data collection methods. 

Skill in:
use of scientific, laboratory, field and SCUBA equipment; seamanship and
safe operation of vehicles applying supervisory principles, techniques
of project management, computer operation and scientific/technical

Ability to:
plan, organize, and coordinate a program of scientific research;
supervise staff, foster teamwork, establish and maintain effective
working relationships; understand, apply and formulate rules,
regulations, policies, and procedures; collect, record, and analyze
scientific data; perform strenuous field duties in adverse conditions
using SCUBA and advanced dive techniques; prepare written reports,
publish scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and present
scientific methods and results to non-scientific audiences; maintain
AAUS certification; maintain a valid Florida drivers license; and travel
extensively for fieldwork.


Michael K. Callahan
Coral Reef Research Group
Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
St. Petersburg, Fl
(727) 896-8626 ext. 1136
michael.callahan at myfwc.com

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