Job Opportunity Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist III 77000548

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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Requisition No: 203181 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Salary:  $1,456.45 bi-weekly + benefits 

Posting Closing Date: 07/26/2020 

Position number: 77000548

Position Address and telephone number: 10088 NW 53rd Street, Sunrise, FL 33351

Supervisor: Rachel Taylor

Description of duties: Incumbent is responsible for day to day operations on the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area located in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties for the Wildlife and Habitat Management Section within the Division of Habitat and Species Conservation. Specific duties include developing and implementing budgets and annual operational plans, providing direct supervision for 2  FTE’s, 1 FTT, and 2 OPS, providing contract oversight and participating in hydrologic and vegetative restoration programs, conducting wildlife surveys, developing and promoting public use programs including both hunting and non-hunting uses, and setting management and restoration objectives consistent with agency and division directives.

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Knowledge of Florida ecosystems and natural processes, wildlife biology, water management, fire ecology and plant succession. Applied knowledge of the principles and practices of habitat management and restoration, including prescribed fire, mechanical and chemical vegetation control, and exotic plant control. Wildlife habitat survey and inventory knowledge; ability to collect and analyze biological data. Ability to track spending and monitor budgets. Ability to create scientific reports free of grammatical and typographical errors. Ability to interact with stakeholders, co-workers, and cooperating agencies in a professional manner. Knowledge of hunting as a wildlife management tool. Ability to prepare detailed regulation recommendations pertaining to hunting and other recreational activities. Familiarity with outdoor recreational activities and the facilities needed to support them. Familiarity with infrastructure development and maintenance. Proficiency with typical Windows applications and ArcGIS. Ability to effectively supervise staff. Well-organized, able to communicate effectively, and able to supervise and delegate tasks effectively. Ability to oversee multiple projects and set priorities. Incumbent must possess the initiative, motivation, and self-direction necessary to work productively independently as well as function as a member of a team. Ability to operate outside under inclement weather conditions and specialized equipment (i.e. airboat, tracked vehicles). Ability to work on-call.

Broadband code: 19-1023-3

Class code: 5074

Region: South

Title: Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist III

County: Broward

Working hours: 8-5 M-F, evening and weekends as required

List of any subordinates supervised:  Full-time employees: 2 Fisheries and Wildlife Biological Scientist II and 1 Fish/Wildlife Technician; OPS employees: 2 Fisheries and Wildlife Biologist Scientist II; seasonal OPS employees as necessary.

Residency requirement: Must live within 25 miles of Sunrise Wildlife Field Office.

Level of Education.: Bachelor’s degree in a life or physical science, (a major in one of the biological sciences)

Preferred Qualifications: At least 2 years of experience in habitat and/or wildlife management. Willing and able to conduct wildlife surveys from aircraft. Supervisory experience. Strong familiarity with both native and exotic vegetation in South Florida, experience with habitat restoration work, wildlife surveys, and prescribed burning.  

Hire-in Pay:  $37,867.70 (annually)

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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Nearest Secondary Market: Miami