Requisition No: 236661 

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: OPS EXOTICS TECHNICIAN- 37971056 1

Position Number: 37971056 

Salary:  $12.75 per hour 

Posting Closing Date: 09/30/2020 







CLASS TITLE:                OPS EXOTICS TECHNICIAN – non resident  


POSITION NUMBER:     37971056 


SALARY:                        $12.75 hourly – 40 hours per week

                                         Health benefits are available


LOCATION:                    Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

                                        6131 Commercial Way

                                        Spring Hill, FL 34606   


CONTACT:                     Emily May,  Emily.May@FloridaDEP.GOV

                                        (352) 592-5656


 CLOSING DATE:           September 30, 2020



                                               X PEOPLE FIRST




An opportunity is available for a self-motivated, hardworking individual to fill a position focused on resource management including exotic plant control at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. This position is eligible for health benefits.


Weeki Wachee Springs State Park manages nearly 1,000 acres of state land that was acquired to protect the Weeki Wachee Springs and the natural communities that surround it. This position is centered on the parks’ natural resources and will provide much needed support in achieving current and future resource management goals. The successful candidate must be able to work independently and in isolated areas. The selected candidate should be prepared to work outdoors in the Florida heat, while dealing with mosquitos and other wildlife. The successful candidate should be able to accurately identify exotic plant species for treatment and survey tracking. The candidate will need to be able to treat surveyed areas, with appropriate techniques and thoroughness.


Typical responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:



Collects and analyzes natural resource data and information related to exotic plant species at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. Works to accomplish annual exotic plant management goals by surveying and correctly identifying and/or removing non-native, invasive plants, through mechanical or chemical means. Communicates and coordinates surveys and treatments with the park’s Environmental Specialist and/or Park Manager. This position will also assist in a variety of other resource-based activities including but not limited to native plant restoration, hydrological projects, and exotic animal removal.



Performing preventative and basic corrective maintenance on all equipment including park vehicles. Communicates equipment maintenance needs to management.



Tracks daily progress on data sheets and enters into database. This will include the accurate reporting of gross acreage covered, treated, treatment amount and type, hours, location, species, and species coverage.


Performs other related duties as required.




Knowledge: Florida natural communities, including both native and exotic plants; land management techniques used to control invasive exotic species; basic equipment operation and safety; natural systems management; prescribed fire.


Skills: Familiarity with tools and equipment used in natural resource survey (e.g. GPS devices, Avenza maps and other survey applications) and invasive plant control, including hand, power/ gas tools, herbicide sprayers, all-wheel drive equipment, and tractors. Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.


Abilities: Ability to perform assigned field work despite excessive heat, cold, biting insects, and other adverse environmental conditions. Ability to lift and carry heavy objects of at least 40 lbs. while walking across uneven terrain.  Ability to differentiate between native plant species and exotic plant species. Ability to operate 4×4 trucks and ATV/UTVs in variable terrain. Ability to operate a farm tractor with various implements such as disc-harrow, bush hog, tree cutter, and box blade. Ability to work as a team or independently. Ability to follow verbal and written instructions; to read and follow a map; deal with others in a positive manner and maintain good public relations; to work in remote and isolated locations independently: perform physical labor with minimal supervision; operate and maintain vehicles, tools, and equipment.


Licensure/Registration/Certification requirements: Must maintain a Class E Florida Driver’s License.


Working hours: (A) Daily from Monday-Friday (B) Total hours in work week 40 (C) Explain any variation in work hours: rotation

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.