Florida Needs More ‘Python Removal Agents’


Florida Needs More ‘Python Removal Agents’

In June of last year I told readers about Everglades National Park’s decision to pay people to enter the park and kill the invasive, non-native pythons which have been devastating the natural order in the ‘glades.

Now the South Florida Water Management District wants to hire 25-35 “Python Removal Agents” on hourly wages to hunt and kill pythons. Here’s the scoop according to their website.

What’s the pay?

  • Minimum wage is paid for up to 10 hours per day
  • Actual search time must be verified via a GPS tracking app
  • $50 bonus paid for every snake 4 feet or longer
  • $25 bonus per foot for each foot longer than 4 feet
  • Example: An 8-foot python = $150 on top of hourly wage
  • $200 bonus for each python killed guarding a nest of eggs

Snake killers must:

  • Be at least eighteen (18) years of age
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Possess a valid email address
  • Have access to an iOS or Android mobile device that allows for download and utilization of the required GPS tracking app
  • Consent to be tracked using the GPS tracking app
  • Sign a waiver of liability
  • Have not been convicted of a felony or wildlife-related offense within the last five (5) years
  • Consent to submit to a criminal background check
  • Consent to using an electronic data collection app
  • Must have a bank account and agree to receive all payments by direct deposit

These snake-slayers “will have independent access to designated SFWMD properties over the greater portion of Miami-Dade, Broward, Collier and Palm Beach counties” to do their hunting.

Interested? Visit the WMD website for details. To go straight to the application form, click here.

Happy hunting!

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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