Job Opportunity Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist III 77000866

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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Requisition No: 356941 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Position Number: 77000866 

Posting Closing Date: 05/16/2021 

Position Title: Fisheries and Wildlife Bio IV

Biweekly Rate of Pay: 1,711.82

Supervisor: Rachel Penrod
Broadband Code: 19-1023- 04

Class Code: 5075

Address: Russell Building 1875 East Orange Avenue Tallahassee, Florida 32301

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

Working hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

List of any subordinates supervised: n/a

Residency Requirement: n/a

Level of Education :Minimum of a B.S. in a life or physical science, MS preferred.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

Experienced in culturally relevant conservation outreach program development and evaluation.

Experienced in partnership development, grant writing and sponsorship development.

Knowledge of human dimensions research and other social science practices to gather information for public engagement.

Knowledge of Florida’s natural ecology and wildlife management practices.

Skilled in using computer software applications particularly Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.


Ability to:  communicate effectively orally and in writing, work independently and prioritize work, collaborate with others, establish, and maintain effective working relationships with others, create and distribute routine reports, utilize problem solving techniques and apply critical thinking skills, plan, organize and coordinate work assignments, collect, organize, evaluate, and analyze data, design, edit and produce a variety of program materials. 

Must be able to demonstrate fluency in conversational and written Spanish. 

Preferred qualifications:

  • Applicants who can document strong networks within the Hispanic communities in Florida and the ability to partner with these groups.
  • Experience in event planning and management.
  • Skilled in volunteer management.
  • Ability to use graphic and web design software including Adobe Creative Suite and Wordpress.

Description of Duties: 

The Diversity Outreach Coordinator will work within PASO’s Conservation Stewardship and Interpretation Program to plan, develop, promote, and evaluate outreach to wildlife management area visitors, participants in our wildlife conservation education programs and the public. The purpose of this position is to ensure that the programs offered by PASO are welcoming and inclusive with a specific focus on Hispanic audiences and other underrepresented groups in the existing participant base.  

The Coordinator will develop and implement an outreach plan with goals, objectives, target audiences, priority issues, strategies, timelines, budgets, and evaluation methods.  The plan will identify partners to assist in implementing its strategies. The Coordinator will develop strong partnerships to help design and implement outreach programs. The Coordinator will evaluate the plan annually and update based on evaluation results from previous years.   

The Coordinator will develop promotional strategies and coordinate production and distribution of informational resources including those targeting Hispanic populations, encouraging coverage of outreach programs in Hispanic media as appropriate.  

Wildlife Conservation Outreach

  • Analyze the Florida Nature Trackers program for effectiveness at engaging underrepresented groups in the existing participant base, with a specific focus on Hispanic audiences.
  • Develop the Florida Nature Trackers program to incorporate effective and relevant activities and events for public conservation outreach to underrepresented audiences.
  • Manage and operate the Florida Nature Trackers program including coordinating sub-programs, in-person activities, event planning, and communications campaigns.
  • Distribute the Backyards & Beyond newsletter and develop additional communications tools for target audiences.


Partnership Development

  • Develop strategies to invite participants from underrepresented communities to FWC areas and programs, with a specific focus on Hispanic audiences.
  • Engage Hispanic community organizations and groups in each of Florida’s major metro areas and local to Wildlife Management Areas.
  • Evaluate existing agency partnerships with targeted audience groups across divisions for potential coordination and to increase reach. 

Program Evaluation

  • Assist PASO and WHM staff to evaluate existing recreation opportunities on FWC-managed lands to determine the extent to which they are welcoming and inclusive to all audiences.
  • Coordinate public surveys and human dimensions research to assess formal program offerings via annual events, bioblitzes, and other activities on Wildlife Management Areas.
  • Regularly review outreach and communications products including signage, flyers, web, and interpretive materials to determine their effectiveness for underrepresented groups in the existing participant base, with a specific focus on Hispanic audiences.
  • Identify web pages and other products that should be translated into Spanish and identify and translate or develop materials, publications, how-to videos, web pages and social media needed to engage target audiences. 

Internal Agency Coordination

  • Act as a resource to PASO, HSC and other FWC staff on audience research and strategies to make outreach programs welcoming and inclusive to all audiences.
  • Serve as a member of the Outreach & Education Standing Team.
  • Coordinate with R3 efforts and other internal agency teams as appropriate. 

Administrative Duties: Attend staff meetings, prepare required forms, participate in professional development courses, complete timesheets in a timely and through manor, respond to telephone and mail inquires. Other duties as required. 

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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