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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT – Bear Data Specialist, Florida, USA

Requisition No: 40276 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: OPS- F & W Bio Sci II – 77905016

Position Number: 77905016 

Salary:  $15.00 an hour 

Posting Closing Date: 08/26/2018 

Position number: 77905016

Address: 1320 Executive Center Drive, Tallahassee, FL  32301

Supervisor: Sarah Barrett

All applicants must submit a cover letter and resume.

Description of duties:

The Bear Data Specialist position is categorized as Other Personnel Services (OPS) and is office based. The incumbent will assist Bear Management Program Staff with: Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) of bear data, both in hard copy and digital formats and train others on the process; data analysis, including creating charts and maps for internal and external sources; program budget monitoring and reconciliation; vehicle log reconciliation; electronic, verbal, and written communications with internal and external sources concerning various bear related topics; statewide property management; public outreach within a two hour radius of Tallahassee; reviewing, preparing, and tracking correspondence assignments; working independently on special projects and/or assisting in directing and completing special projects or other activities as needed by the supervisor; and performing other work as needed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities include:

  1. Proficient in Microsoft Excel
  2. Proficient in the English language
  3. Ability to use personal computers using Windows OS
  4. Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments
  5. Ability to actively listen
  6. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
  7. Ability to process information logically
  8. Ability to follow oral and written instructions
  9. Ability to communicate effectively
  10. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  11. Ability to work on a single task for extended periods of time
  12. Possess a high level of attention to detail, a sense of urgency, and proactiveness
  13. Ability to multi-task effectively by planning and prioritizing work assignments
  14. Ability to deal and communicate effectively with stakeholders/constituents
  15. Maintain a high level of accuracy while balancing changes in workload
  16. Familiarity with Salesforce preferred
  17. Familiarity with ArcGIS preferred

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

Broadband code: 19-1023-02

Class code: 5028

Region: Northwest

Title: Bear Data Specialist

County: Leon

Working hours: 40 hours/week, between 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

Hourly Wage: $15.00 per hour

List of any subordinates supervised: None

Residency requirement: None

Level of Education: Bachelor’s degree in a life or physical science

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.


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.