Job Opportunity-- Biological Administrator II-SES 77000678

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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Requisition No: 127121 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Position Number: 77000678 

Posting Closing Date: 02/23/2020 

Anticipated Vacancy – Open competitive

Information: Only electronic applications accepted.

Annual Salary:  $60,000 Annually + Benefits

Title: Alligator Management Program Coordinator (Biological Administrator II – SES)

Address: 620 S. Meridian Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600

Supervisor:  Harry J. Dutton

Duties and Responsibilities:   

General:  The incumbent serves as the Alligator Management Program Coordinator in planning, administering, coordinating, and directing the development and implementation of a statewide alligator management program, which includes statewide alligator harvest, private lands alligator management, public waters alligator egg and hatchling collection, alligator farming, statewide nuisance alligator, and nuisance crocodile program elements.  The incumbent is responsible for identifying and pursuing opportunities to achieve goals, policies, strategies, and objectives in the Agency Strategic Plan, particularly as they relate to alligators and alligator habitat.  This should include promoting and enhancing alligator management and viewing opportunities on private and public lands; identifying technical and lay information needs relative to alligator management and facilitating the meeting of those needs; providing recommendations on policies and practices for management of alligators and alligator habitat and for regulation of alligator harvest; and coordinating the efforts and activities of private, state, and federal agencies and organizations involving alligator management, research, and public education.  Responsibilities may include legislative interactions. 

Administration/Planning: The incumbent develops and refines program goals and objectives consistent with agency goals, objectives, and policies.  Develops, seeks review and approval of, and implements approaches, procedures, and plans for achieving program objectives.  Supervises and directs the activities of program staff in program implementation.  Supervisory duties include: recruiting, recommending for hiring, training, and guiding the employees of the program; planning and assigning work priorities; scheduling and performing periodic reviews and performance evaluations; and overseeing the day-to-day operation of the statewide nuisance alligator program element.  Identifies program personnel and funding needs and prepares program and legislative budget requests, annual program planning documents, and progress and final reports on program activities for use by Commission staff.  Administers program budgets including evaluating needs, planning expenditures, and monitoring expenditures and budget balances.  Purchases items necessary for administration and operation of the program.  Conducts a continuing review of program effectiveness in terms of public satisfaction, public attitudes, and use of personnel and funds.  Formulates alligator population and habitat management policies and strategies and recommends statutory, regulatory and policy changes as appropriate based upon a review of harvest data, population surveys, life history information, scientific literature, social and political considerations, and other relevant information.  As assigned, prepares reports on specific aspects of alligator management pertinent to the Commission's evaluation of programs, policies, and regulations.  Prepares and makes recommendations on scientific collection permits for alligators and monitors compliance with reporting requirements of such permits.  Prepares grant proposals and prepares, negotiates, and monitors compliance with contracts associated with achieving program objectives.  Prepares correspondence necessary for program implementation.  Attends professional meetings and conferences to facilitate achievement of program goals and objectives.  Serves as the Commission's focal point and representative for alligator related activities. 

Coordination/Management:  Coordinates the implementation of a statewide alligator management program by effectively communicating and eliciting cooperation in plans, approaches, and procedures for achieving program objectives.   Reviews, evaluates, and make recommendations on other Commission programs affecting alligator populations and their habitats to ensure conservation of alligator populations in the state and achievement of program and agency goals and objectives.  Identifies priority areas of research necessary to develop new scientific techniques and methods for evaluating alligator habitat and populations and directs research staff in the design and implementation of scientific investigations regarding alligator biology and population ecology.  Reviews and approves all Commission-sponsored wildlife research and data collection efforts pertaining to alligators.  Coordinates the implementation of the statewide alligator management program through program staff and other FWC staff as appropriate, including staff from the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, the Division of Habitat and Species Conservation, the Office of Licensing and Permitting, the Office of Community Relations, and the Division of Law Enforcement, by providing guidance on procedures, techniques, policies, administration, biological assessments and logistics related to alligator conservation needs and program operation.  When feasible and appropriate, seeks extramural funding for management and research activities pertaining to alligators.  Standardizes data-gathering procedures where appropriate to ensure maximum effectiveness and compatibility with program needs.  Formulates management recommendations and prepares, or facilitates the preparation of, informational materials for private landowners and agency managers.  Effects the distribution of technical information on alligator management to appropriate Commission biologists.  Serves as the Commission’s liaison with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on matters relating to alligator regulations and management. 

Data Collection, Analysis, and Syntheses:  In cooperation with appropriate staff, reviews archival data on alligators in Florida.  Where necessary and appropriate and consistent with program objectives and needs, plans data collection strategies, coordinates and participates in data collection, completes data analyses, prepares results of analyses for publication in technical journals, and distributes results pertinent to other Agency programs to appropriate personnel. 

Public Interaction:  The incumbent is responsible for communicating program objectives to other personnel, other agencies, and the public; responding to media inquiries regarding program activities, including television, radio, magazine, and news print media; and coordinating and assisting with development of news releases regarding program activities and progress.  The incumbent shall also maintain contact with alligator program constituents, including alligator trappers, farmers, processors, private landowners, and their organizations to communicate program requirements, objectives, and activities; to obtain their cooperation; and to facilitate incorporation of constituents’ needs into program components.  When necessary, develops and implements surveys to assess constituent views and needs and program effectiveness. Responds to correspondence relating to alligator management and regulations and disseminates technical information on alligator management to public and private landowners. 

Performs related work as required. 

The Commission expects its employees to be courteous and respectful while assisting Commission customers and stakeholders, ensuring each encounter is as positive as possible.  Employees should promptly resolve questions or problems relating to the Commission, its programs and/or fish and wildlife resources.  Employees should seek to gain public support for agency objectives and programs by serving Florida’s citizens in a positive and proactive manner and by listening to what the customer wants and striving to meet their needs.  When appropriate, employees will explain the reasons for agency actions or decisions while communicating a consistent FWC point-of-view. 

Responsible for following the provisions and requirements in Section 215.422, Florida Statutes, related to the Comptroller’s rules and FWC’s invoice processing and warrant distribution procedures. 

Work at FWC is cross-functional meaning duties may cross division/office lines.  The Commission expects employees to function across FWC’s organizational structure by providing their skills and expertise wherever needed through work on teams or as directed. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of alligator life histories and principles and practices for their management.
  • Ability to plan, implement, administer, direct and coordinate a statewide alligator management program.
  • Ability to work and make appropriate decisions independently.
  • Ability to analyze complex issues and problems and develop innovative, efficacious solutions.
  • Ability to formulate coherent, effective policies and procedures and incorporate biological, administrative, ethical, social, and political considerations in formulation of those policies and procedures.
  • Ability to determine work priorities, elicit cooperation as necessary to achieve objectives and ensure proper and timely completion of program assignments and activities.
  • Ability to understand, comply with, and apply rules, policies, and procedures applicable to the conduct of a Commission employee.
  • Ability to effectively coordinate with and oversee Commission employees working on alligator related agency-wide projects and initiatives.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with others.
  • Ability to prepare scientific reports and popular articles.
  • Knowledge of correct English composition, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Knowledge of scientific methods, study design, principles of statistical inference and analysis, and application of computer-based data analysis packages.
  • Skill in the use of scientific laboratory and field equipment.
  • Ability to assess budgetary needs and to prepare and manage a budget.
  • Ability to use computer word-processing, spreadsheet, and database software
    Title:  Alligator Management Program Coordinator
    Broadband code:  11-9121-02
    Class code:  5040
    Region:  Northwest
    County:  Leon (Specific office location to be determined)
    Working hours:  8-5; M-F

List of any subordinates supervised:  77000921 – Biological Administrator I; 77001184 – Operations and Management Consultant I

Residency requirement:  None

Minimum Qualifications: A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Wildlife or Fisheries Sciences or its equivalent in Biological or Physical Sciences with five years of professional biological experience in a field or laboratory program is preferred.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee