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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT – OPS Research Associate, Florida, USA

  • Requisition No: 44150 
  • Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Working Title: OPS Research Associate – 77907426
  • Position Number: 77907426 
  • Salary:  $19.71 Per Hour 
  • Posting Closing Date: 10/04/2018 


The Bear Research Program is seeking a biologist to serve as the Assistant Coordinator who will assist in all aspects of black bear research activities throughout Florida. Duties include field research such as erecting hair corrals for non-invasive estimates of bear abundance and capturing, radio-collaring and collecting data from adult and neonatal bears. The candidate will work closely with landowners, manage budgets and purchases, and train technicians.  Candidate will also assist with designing research protocols, managing and analyzing data, and writing reports and publications. Additionally, the candidate will assist with bear management activities and research of other carnivores as needed, provide expertise in carnivore ecology to Commission staff, serve on Commission teams, and represent the Bear Research Program to stakeholder groups.


  • Valid driver’s license
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a life or physical science and two years of professional experience in a field or laboratory program;


  • A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a life or physical science, preferably in the wildlife biology/wildlife ecology, or zoology.
  • Experience trapping, immobilizing, and radio collaring bears or other mammalian carnivores.
  • Skilled in the use of GPS and VHF telemetry, including triangulation, and managing and analyzing resulting data.
  • Skilled in population modeling using spatially explicit mark-recapture methods, preferably using Program R.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with stakeholders and members of the public from various backgrounds and points of view;
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision or as part of a team;
  • Possess good writing skills.


  • Knowledge of mammal biology and ecology
  • Knowledge of population management using the North American model of conservation
  • Ability to multi-task effectively by planning and prioritizing work assignments
  • Ability to calculate dosages and administer immobilization chemicals used to anesthetize bears
  • Ability to conduct biological studies/surveys and generate, analyze and communicate biological data in a relevant manner
  • Skilled in the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) to manipulate and analyze animal movement data
  • Ability to problem-solve and handle conflicts with professionalism
  • Solid public speaking skills and well-developed writing skills
  • Ability to work in teams and independently to complete tasks in a timely and organized manner
  • Ability to supervise and train seasonal technicians
  • Ability to safely drive ATVs and 4×4 vehicles towing utility trailers or travel trailers.
  • Ability to maintain vehicles and other field equipment.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including nights, weekends and holidays
  • Ability to travel out of town with overnight stays, with extended travel during field seasons

This OPS position is eligible for Florida deferred compensation plans and health insurance benefits under the Affordable Care Act. This position is not eligible for paid leave (annual, sick, or holiday).

WHAT IS OPS EMPLOYMENT?  Other Personal Services (OPS) 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 (must meet eligibility requirements. Consult with People First or the servicing Human Resource Office for details.)
  • Deferred Compensation – voluntary
  • Employee Assistance Program – voluntary


  • Any form of paid leave
  • Paid holidays
  • Participation in the Florida Retirement System
  • Reinstatement rights or retention rights

In addition to submitting a completed state application via People First, applicants are required to also upload a current resume and cover letter highlighting their qualifications and interest in this position.

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

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). 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.

Nearest Major Market: Gainesville

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Animals Asia is seeking a Bear & Vet Team Director for our China Bear Rescue Centre (CBRC), in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. The successful applicant will oversee and manage the bear and veterinary team of over 70 staff members who care for some 200 Asiatic Black Bears rescued from the bear bile industry and resident at CBRC and a former farm in Guangxi Province. The Bear & Vet Team Director role is a dynamic position requiring a unique set of skills, hard work, patience and flexibility.

The Bear & Vet Team Director works closely with the Bear Management Team and Veterinary Team to ensure an integrated approach to the care or the bears. He/She works closely with the Bear Management Team to oversee management plans for the bears, training programmes and ensure protocols and procedures are functional and strictly adhered to.

The Bear & Vet Team Director oversees the nutritional care of the bears with input from the bear managers and veterinary surgeons. He/She coordinates bear and vet team staff and equipment for all bear rescues in conjunction with the Project Director and CEO.

The Bear & Vet Team Director oversees the human resources for the bear team, working closely with the Bear Team Supervisors. The Senior Veterinary Surgeon and the Bear Managers report directly to the Bear & Vet Team Director.

He/She is ultimately responsible for the department budgeting, liaising with fundraising/PR teams both in China and internationally, and the organization’s Finance Director. The Bear &Vet Team Director works closely with the Projects Department regarding all construction in the sanctuary. He/She is also required to work in conjunction with the sanctuary’s General Manager ensure the smooth running of CBRC.

The Bear & Vet Team Director is a key member of the China Bear Strategy programme meeting regularly and providing input to this process.

The Bear & Vet Team Director reports to the CEO.

Please contact for further details and a full job description.


  • A degree in zoology, biology, conservation, animal behaviour or related field
  • At least 5 years work experience in a zoo, rescue centre, rehab centre or similar working environment
  • Experience in a senior management position
  • Strong people management skills to motivate, build capacity and inspire staff
  • Experience in preparing and overseeing budgets
  • Ability to appreciate bigger picture view of the organisation
  • Cultural sensitivity and history of working overseas – Asia desirable, China – preferable.
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to live and work closely with the rest of the team comprising both western and local staff
  • A background in charitable work is beneficial
  • Suitable candidates must be able to commit for a minimum of 2 years

Appointment is paid, full-time, five (5) days a week with some weekend work applicable.

The following items are included in your full-time contract

Basic on-site accommodation                       

Relocation assistance                        

Emergency medical insurance

Paid holidays

How to apply

Interested parties please forward your cover letter (stating the applied position), CV (with your expected salary) and completed Job Application Form to:

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all qualified candidates. Personal data collected will be treated in strict confidence and used solely for recruitment purposes.

Closing date: Open application at the discretion of Animals Asia Foundation.