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. As of January 2023, over 18,000 pythons have been removed in the state of Florida. Of that total, over 11,000 pythons have been removed by FWC PATRIC and SFWMD PEP contractors since program inception in spring 2017.
PATRIC Program Description
Python Action Team members survey for nonnative constrictors in specific areas, respond to survey requests in areas where nonnative constrictors have been reported, and verify captured nonnative constrictors (live or humanely killed) at designated drop-off locations or through virtual check-ins with FWC staff. 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®.
PATRIC Payment Structure
Team members will be paid monthly by the FWC for nonnative constrictor removal efforts based on hourly rates ($13.00/hour for surveys conducted on select public lands and $18.00/hour for select lands on the edge of the known pythons established range or specific sensitive habitats; and $18/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 below).
PATRIC Program FAQs
Hunters, anglers, and outdoor recreationists 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.
To apply for a PATRIC position, submit an online application. Qualified applicants will receive detailed information about the program. Preference will be given to Florida residents.
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.
Potential applicants are encouraged to reapply each year and document their safe captures and humane kill methods to submit with their applications or to Pythons@MyFWC.com. Documentation may include time, date, GPS coordinates and photos or videos of the safe capture and humane kill.
For any questions, or to request additional information, please email the Python Management Specialist at Pythons@MyFWC.com.
Potential applicants are encouraged to apply annually and document their safe captures and humane kill methods to submit with their applications or to Pythons@MyFWC.com. Documentation may include time, date, GPS coordinates and photos or videos of the safe capture and humane kill.