Python Action Team Removing Invasive Constrictors (PATRIC)
Burmese pythons are an invasive species in Florida that adversely impact native wildlife. The FWC and partners consider this species a high priority for control to protect our natural resources. The FWC's Python Action Team - Removing Invasive Constrictors (PATRIC) engages qualified individuals with nonnative constrictor control efforts. After this program launched in spring 2017, the number of Burmese pythons removed from the wild increased. The PATRIC program works in tandem with a sister program, the South Florida Water Management District’s Python Elimination Program. Together, contractors from these two agencies have removed more than 50% of the over 12,000 Burmese pythons removed from the wild in Florida as of the end of 2020.
Python Action Team members survey for nonnative constrictors in specific areas, respond to survey requests in areas where nonnative constrictors have been reported, and deposit captured nonnative constrictors (live or euthanized) at designated drop-off locations. Surveys may be conducted on foot, by vehicle or by watercraft. The only people the FWC pays for removing pythons are people working as FWC contractors. Learn how you can win prizes for collecting Burmese pythons at our next Florida Python Challenge®.
Team members will be paid monthly by the FWC for nonnative constrictor removal efforts based on hourly rates ($8.65/hour for surveys conducted on Everglades and Francis S. Taylor WMA, Big Cypress National Preserve, Everglades National Park, Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Collier-Seminole State Park, and Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park; $15.00/hour for surveys conducted on Holey Land, Rotenberger, and Picayune Strand WMAs; and $15/hour for responding to survey requests). They also will be paid $200 for removal of each active nonnative constrictor nest that has been field verified by the FWC. For all submitted nonnative constrictors, the FWC will make an additional payment per nonnative constrictor of $50.00 for nonnative constrictors measuring up to four feet, and an extra $25.00 for every foot measured above four feet (see illustration to the left).
Who should apply?
- Hunters, anglers, and outdoor recreationists.
- Anyone with experience removing pythons or other large constrictors from the wild.
- Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In appreciation of our military members’ service and contributions to conservation, preference is given to qualified veterans.
How To Apply
To apply for a PATRIC position, submit an online application. Qualified applicants will receive detailed information about the program.
Individuals selected for the program must register as a vendor with the My Florida Marketplace system and will receive a monthly invoice from the FWC that they must approve within 5 business days.
PLEASE NOTE: Vendors in the My Florida Marketplace system are billed a service fee each time they receive a payment, which is equal to 7/10 of 1% of the payment amount. Python Action Team members are expected to pay this service fee. For any questions, or to request additional information, please email the Python Management Specialist at Pythons@MyFWC.com.