[Coral-List] Job Opportunity - Coral Reef Ecology

Ruzicka, Rob Rob.Ruzicka at MyFWC.com
Fri Nov 7 13:25:02 EST 2008

FWC/Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
Grant Funded FTE - Biological Scientist II
40 Hours/Week
Starting Salary $1,267.14 Biweekly + Benefits ($32,945.64 annually)


Participate as a team member in the coral reef monitoring and evaluation
project (CREMP) in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS)
and Dry Tortugas. Participate in field data collection using underwater
photography, videography, and other sampling equipment. Make in situ
species identifications of selected marine benthic taxa and stony
corals. Assist the CREMP team in the mobilization and demobilization for
all field operations. Identify stony coral species and octocoral, sponge
and other selected taxa from CDROM images and assist with statistical
analyses of project data. Assists in the preparation of reports and
manuscripts and performs other duties as needed to meet the project
objectives of the coral reef research group and the Ecosystem Assessment
and Restoration Section of the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Maintain proficiency as Institute diver, including advanced SCUBA and
NITROX capabilities according to AAUS standards. Assist in the safe
operation of Institute research vessels and operation of portable SCUBA
compressor. With training, operate cascade air fill station to refill
diving cylinders. Assist in maintenance of diving, field, safety and
laboratory equipment. Participate in training for additional field
studies and participate in other coral research projects as directed. 

Collaborate with other members of FWRI and/or external
researchers/partners to develop health and/or population dynamics
studies for selected marine species (e.g. sponges, stony or soft corals,
other reef related fauna, etc.). Conduct in situ and/or laboratory
analyses as needed. Write proposals and design studies to expand the
research focus of the coral reef research group to understand processes
influencing the health and/or factors regulating the distribution of
marine species on coral reefs. Prepare and submit manuscripts for the
work described above. Disseminate results through presentations at
public, managerial, governmental and scientific conferences. 

NOTE: This position requires extended travel in the field. Travel often
requires 2 week stays in the field and requires working on weekends;
workweeks in the field are often 60 hours. Overtime is not paid for work
over 40 hours in one workweek; however, compensation time is accrued.
Travel expenses will be reimbursed. This position is located in St.
Petersburg, Florida. 


A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a
major in one of the biological sciences and two years professional
experience or a Master's degree. Preference may be given to qualified
candidates with a Master's degree. 


Knowledge of marine biology and/or ecology

Knowledge of multi-variate statistics and statistical software programs
(SAS, PRIMER, JMP, Sigma Stat & Plot)

Knowledge of principles of SCUBA diving, diving safety

Knowledge of and ability to safely operate boats, trailers and related

Knowledge of basic mechanics/equipment maintenance demonstrated ability
to apply that knowledge

Knowledge of PC computer software (Word, Excel, Windows, Access)

Skill in basic use of marine navigation and electronics equipment 

Skill in SCUBA diving and underwater navigation 

Demonstrated ability to write scientifically, develop proposals, author
and co-author manuscripts

Demonstrated organizational and communication skills and ability to
complete assigned tasks in a timely manner

Demonstrated skill in seamanship

Ability to work as a team member to accomplish project goals

Ability to participate in heavy physical exertion while swimming or

Ability to meet the American Academy of Underwater Sciences scientific
diver standards

Ability to obtain mixed gas (NITROX) certification

Ability to lift heavy equipment up to 50 lbs

Ability to endure long work hours and extensive periods of time in the

Ability to learn advanced computer software applications, marine benthic
taxonomy and in situ species identifications


Valid driver's license and open water SCUBA certification required.
Advanced diving certification (NITROX), current CPR and First Aid and
DAN Oxygen Administration certifications required post-employment.


All applicants must submit an electronic application through People
First (https://peoplefirst.myflorida.com/
<https://peoplefirst.myflorida.com/> ).  In addition, applicants are
required to submit an electronic copy of their resume, cover letter, and
names of three references by the closing date to Mr. Jim Kozlowski
(Jim.Kozlowski at MyFWC.com <mailto:Jim.Kozlowski at MyFWC.com> ).  Incomplete
applications will not be accepted.  For more information contact Jim
Kozlowski at:


Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Fish and Wildlife Research Institute 

100 8th Avenue SE

St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-896-8626 x 3202


A link to this job announcement can be found at


CLOSING DATE:  11/18/08


FWC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/American Disability Act
Employer. If you require an accommodation to participate in the
application/selection process, as defined by the ADA, please contact the
hiring authority in advance. 

Veterans' preference will be given to eligible veterans and their
spouses in accordance with Chapter 295 of the Florida Statutes.

Federal law requires that we hire only U.S. citizens and lawfully
authorized aliens who can provide proof of their identity and employment



Thank you


Rob Ruzicka

Coral Program 

FL Fish & Wildlife Research Institute

100 8th Ave SE

St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-896-8626 x 1134

Email: rob.ruzicka at myfwc.com




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