FWC Job Announcement: FWRI 77001150, Research Associate (Habitat Research, Gainesville)

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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Date: Apr 26, 2021

Location: GAINESVILLE, FL, US, 32601


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Requisition No: 351681 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

Working Title: RESEARCH ASSOCIATE - 77001150

Position Number: 77001150 

Salary:  $43,531 annually 

Posting Closing Date: 05/15/2021 


Open Competitive Opportunity 

This is a Career Service position with full benefits in the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute’s (FWRI) Upland Habitat Research and Monitoring Program, located at the Lovett. E Williams, Jr. Wildlife Research Laboratory in Gainesville, Florida.  


This position is a scientific researcher in the Upland Habitat Research and Monitoring Program, within the Habitat Research Subsection. The Upland Habitat program conducts research and monitoring projects relating to the conservation and management of upland ecological communities on public lands. Job duties include overseeing rigorous field ecology research and monitoring projects using a staff of OPS research technicians; analyzing data and preparing manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals and agency reports relating to ecosystem management, ecological restoration, plant ecology, community ecology, wildlife habitat, fire ecology, and plant-animal interactions; working with the program leader to design and develop new research projects and pursue funding opportunities through grant proposals and collaborations with FWC and other agency and academic partners; assisting the program leader with ongoing administrative tasks related to operation of the Upland Habitat Research and Monitoring program, including personnel training and oversight, budget tracking and management, payroll and purchasing, and equipment inventory and maintenance; and providing scientific support and technical assistance as needed across divisions within FWC, across research units within FWRI, and to outside agencies. 


A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the physical or natural sciences or mathematics and two years of experience in one of the physical or natural sciences or mathematics; or two years of experience as a Research Assistant - FWC. 

**Preference may be given to candidates with a Master's degree or Ph.D. and a strong background in plant community ecology, plant biology, plant taxonomy, and/or plant-animal interactions. Candidates with demonstrated experience in grant proposal writing, coordinating, and implementing research projects, and publishing in peer-reviewed journals.  Candidates with Basic Wildland Firefighter certifications (S-130/190) may be given preference. 


Knowledge of:

- Florida plants and upland ecological communities; plant taxonomy and plant identification; fire ecology and prescribed fire science; natural resource management techniques in upland habitats; familiarity with habitat requirements of wildlife utilizing upland habitats; vegetation sampling and monitoring methods; experimental design and data collection methods; statistical methods; project management; and the FWC and FWRI mission.

- Upland plant communities of focus include: High Pine & Scrub, Pine Flatwoods & Dry Prairie, Hardwood Forested Uplands, and associated Ephemeral Wetlands. 

Skill in:

- Use of scientific, laboratory, and field equipment; safe operation of vehicles, ATVs, and UTVs; project management, computer operation, and scientific/technical writing; desktop and field GIS applications; and basic proficiency in R programming and biostatistics. 

Ability to:

Design and implement scientific research projects; collect and analyze scientific data; effectively train and supervise research technicians; establish and maintain effective working relationships; prepare written reports and publish scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals; present results to both scientific and non-scientific audiences; assist with the preparation of grant proposals and the pursuit of other funding opportunities; plan, organize and coordinate staff work assignments; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; travel periodically (including occasional overnights) to visit study sites, oversee field work, and attend meetings; trailer and operate ATVs and UTVs; lift equipment weighing up to 50 lbs.; work in adverse conditions; and maintain a valid driver’s license.  


A valid driver’s license is required. 


Applicants are required to submit an electronic State of Florida Employment Application Profile in People First by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on the closing date at: http://peoplefirst.myflorida.com. Resumes and supporting documentation can be attached to the application profile online but do not replace the required application profile. If you experience technical difficulties during the application process, please call People First at 1-877-562-7287. (TTY applicants call 1-866-221-0268). 

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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