OPS - Fisheries and Wildlife Biological Scientist III - FWC

Requisition No: 22453 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: OPS Fisheries & Biological Scientist III - 77900008

Position Number: 77900008 

Salary:  $20.44 an hour 

Posting Closing Date: 11/05/2017 

Title: OPS Fisheries and Wildlife Biological Scientist III

Working Title:  Wildlife Assistance Biologist

Salary: $20.44/hour, 40 Hours a week

Class Code:5074

Broadband Level: LEVEL 3 - LIFE AND PHYSICAL SCIENCE 19-1023-03

Level of Education: A bachelor's degree with a major in wildlife science, ecology, natural resources, or similar discipline.

Region: Southwest

County: Lee

Working hours: 40hrs/week 8-5, M-F, some nights and weekend work may be required. Overnight travel may be required.

List of any subordinates supervised: None

Residency requirement: None

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Division: Habitat and Species Conservation

Section: Wildlife Impact Management

Sub-section: Wildlife Assistance Program



Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

D’Alessandro Building

2295 Victoria Ave

Ft Myers, FL. 33901


Supervisor: Angeline Scotten, Senior Wildlife Assistance Biologist – South Florida


Minimum Qualifications:

A bachelor's degree with a major in wildlife science, ecology, natural resources, or similar discipline. Preference will be given to applicants with at least 2 years wildlife-related professional experience and experience with wildlife-related education and outreach

Applicants are required to submit a current resume and a cover letter highlighting their qualifications and expressing their interest in the position.


Description of Position:

The Wildlife Impact Management Section (WIM) is seeking an energetic and motivated candidate to serve as a Wildlife Assistance Biologist. The incumbent serves to support regional Wildlife Assistance Biologists by providing information and technical assistance to the public, other agencies, and other Commission staff about wildlife issues including human-wildlife conflict resolution strategies. Assistance may be provided over the phone, in person, or in writing. Work outside of normal business hours is generally not required. Some field work may occur but is not a regular component of this position. The successful candidate will occasionally represent the Wildlife Assistance Program at outreach events, presentations to citizen groups, and site visits to provide technical assistance, conflict mitigation strategies and equipment as necessary. The Wildlife Assistance Biologists works across multiple Divisions and Sections within FWC to:  

  • Coordinate management of conflict wildlife situations including those involving bears, coyotes, birds, nonnatives and other species
  • Network to establish clear communication across the agency about emerging wildlife issues
  • Assist with the development and implementation of response protocols for conflict wildlife situations
  • Review and comment on permits to take wildlife

Responsibilities include, but are not necessarily limited to the following:

  • Coordinate and assist with regional programs and activities by providing technical assistance to the public and other agencies on means to address human-wildlife conflicts
  • Maintain familiarity with prevalent conflict wildlife issues and continually identify and share best technical assistance practices and protocols as required
  • Regularly assist and coordinate coverage for other regional wildlife assistance biologists
  • Maintain a daily log of public correspondence via the Wildlife Impact Management System
  • Maintain and update as necessary contact information for local animal control agencies, county health departments, and wildlife rehabilitators
  • Participate in public outreach efforts as directed to increase appreciation for wildlife and address conflict wildlife abatement or other wildlife-related issues
  • Assist the Regional Public Information Coordinators with media and stakeholder information requests
  • Review, and maintain as necessary, current literature on wildlife biology and conflict wildlife abatement techniques
  • Create and update information for the AskFWC program and respond to printed or posted requests on FWC’s web and social media pages to answer questions about wildlife or wildlife conflict resolution
  • Occasionally support the FWC’s Nonnative Fish and Wildlife Program’s management efforts through Exotic Species Hotline staffing and response activities
  • Remain up-to-date on Commission rules and regulations regarding protected wildlife, the take of wildlife, conflict wildlife abatement, and related issues


The Commission expects its employees to be courteous and respectful while assisting Commission customers and stakeholders, ensuring each encounter is as positive as possible.

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.