Python Action Team Removing Invasive Constrictors (PATRIC)
The FWC designed the Python Action Team Removing Invasive Constrictors (PATRIC) to further engage qualified individuals with nonnative constrictor management efforts. 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.
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 below).
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.