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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