Florida Looking for Python Hunters: Here is How to Apply

Pythons are a huge problem in Florida. Bounty programs have already managed to remove literally miles of snakes for the swamps, but now the state is upping their game and hiring a few dozen more python hunters.

According to ABC 5 News, The South Florida Water Management District is looking for a few dozen people to join its python elimination program.

Hunters are paid an hourly wage of $8.65 plus bonuses. An extra $50 is given for each python measuring up to 4 feet, plus $25 for each additional foot. Hunters will also collect a $200 bonus for each python found guarding a nest of eggs.

python hunters with 15 foot snake

The program started in 2017 and so far they have removed over 2,500 snakes. Statistics kept by the SWMD show that 787 of the pythons have been under 4 feet in length, over 500 between 7 and 8 feet, and 37 between 14 and 17 feet. Only three pythons have been recorded over 17 feet.

“We’re going to be asking for 50 paid hunters,” program director Mike Kirkland told the Fort Myers News-Press. “It’s been a tremendous success, the most successful program in the history of the issue by a wide margin in terms of snakes caught and cost-effectiveness.”

In order to be considered, you must be at least 18, have all of your IDs and documentation in order and have no recent criminal history. If hired you will be required to track all of your hunting time via a GPS app.

If you think you are up to the challenge you can apply at the SWMD website by clicking HERE