FWC Job Announcement: FWRI #77072583, Research Associate-FWC (Keys Fisheries Research, Marathon)

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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Date: Jul 12, 2018

Location: MARATHON, FL, US, 33050


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Requisition No: 39784 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

Working Title: RESEARCH ASSOCIATE-FWC - 77072583

Position Number: 77072583 

Salary:  $44,327 Annually 

Posting Closing Date: 07/27/2018


Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI)

Marine Fisheries Research – Keys Fisheries Research 


Job Description This position serves as a project leader of the FWRI research team that conducts biological research related to spiny lobster and the commercial and recreational fisheries.  Job duties include developing projects, conducting statistical analyses, and leading projects to support the spiny lobster research program and other marine research programs in South Florida. Supervision of temporary staff as assigned. Advanced statistical knowledge and training is required. Specific duties include:

  • Organizing and leading activities in the field and laboratory. Underwater data collection requires participation in SCUBA diving
  • Developing projects and seeking grant funding to provide high quality information on lobster biology and lobster fisheries management.
  • Analyze data collected from the program’s field and laboratory projects using appropriate statistical and GIS techniques.
  • Lead the preparation of scientific technical reports, manuscripts, project summaries, presentations, and other products suitable for the entire range of stakeholder interests.
  • Operate research vehicles and vessels including towing trailers.


Minimum Qualifications A bachelor’s degree with a major in one of the biological sciences and three years of professional experience, or a master’s degree and one-year experience, or a doctorate from an accredited college or university in one of the biological sciences. Must possess SCUBA diving certification.


Preferred Education and Experience

A master’s degree and with a major in one of marine biological, fisheries, or ecological sciences and one-year professional work experience.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques used in scientific research, experimental design, and statistical analysis of fisheries data.
  • Skilled in the use of personal computers and associated database, spreadsheet, presentation, statistical, and GIS software.
  • Skilled in the use of scientific laboratory and field equipment.
  • Ability to identify marine flora and fauna that occur in the Florida Keys.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks in a timely manner, understand, review, and apply rules, regulations, polices, and procedures related to fishery resource management, present scientific methods and results to scientific and nonscientific audiences.
  • Ability to perform strenuous field duties under potentially adverse weather conditions and to establish and effective working relationship with co-workers and colleagues and the agency’s stakeholders.
  • Must be certified SCUBA diver and be able to qualify as a FWRI/AAUS certified diver which includes the ability to pass a swim test and a medical evaluation.
  • Demonstrate the ability to safely trailer and operate vessels up to 26 feet in length and maintain a valid Florida driver’s license.
  • Ability to lift heavy equipment up to 50 pounds, endure long work hours, and extensive periods of time in the field.


The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.


Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.


The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.


VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 


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