OPS - Biological Scientist II - FWC

Requisition No: 24517 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: OPS Biological Scientist II - 77901862

Position Number: 77901862 

Salary:  $15.43 an hour 

Posting Closing Date: 12/19/2017 

Address: 558 South Murphy Road. Wewahitchka, FL 32465

Supervisor: Matthew Hortman

Description of duties: This Other Personal Services (OPS) position works with a team of biologists and technicians to manage natural communities and wildlife populations on the Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area (WEA).  Assists lead biologist in planning, developing and implementing natural community restoration and wildlife management programs on the area.  Provides assistance in the preparation of various plans and documents that guide multiple-use management.  Assists with the application of land management treatments including prescribed burning, timber thinning, mowing and chopping, groundcover restoration, chemical control of invasive plants, and maintenance of wildlife openings.  Surveys and monitors focal and listed  wildlife species using scientifically accepted protocols  Conducts vegetation surveys including those of imperiled native flora and monitors vegetation response to habitat manipulations.   Plans, develops and oversees construction and maintenance of public use infrastructure including roads, parking areas, kiosks, picnic facilities, campgrounds, trails, observation tower/boardwalk, boat ramps, water control structures, fences, gates, and offices.  Assists with management of public recreational use programs.  Assists with wildlife disease surveillance.  Analyzes and reports data to direct future management decisions.    Assists and collaborates with staff on other conservation areas and provides technical assistance to individuals, organizations, and other government agencies regarding wildlife and habitat management including nuisance bear abatement.  Participates in team meetings, seminars and workshops relating to wildlife resource management or other training opportunities.  Provides presentations to conservation organizations, schools and civic groups.   


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


▪  Knowledge and experience in conducting wildlife surveys with an emphasis on   

   nongame species, analyzing data, and summarizing results.

▪  Knowledge and experience with the application of prescribed fire

▪  Knowledge and experience with chemical or mechanical control of invasive

   exotic vegetation

▪  Knowledge of ArcGIS and GPS and its application.

▪  Ability to operate and maintain 4WD vehicles, tractors, farm implements, ATVs, and

   outboard motors

▪  Ability to work independently and in a variety of weather conditions

▪  Ability to work efficiently in a team of diverse people with differing backgrounds

▪  Ability to plan and prioritize work assignments, multi-task

▪  Ability to deal effectively with customers

▪  Ability to communicate effectively with external and internal customers

▪  Ability to perform quantitative analysis of scientific data

▪  Skill in use of Microsoft Office software (e.g. Word, Excel, Access, etc.)


Broadband code: 19-1023-02

Class code: 5028

Region: Northwest (03)

Title: Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist II (OPS)

County: Gulf and Franklin

Working hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST), Monday through Friday, may require some night or weekend duty

List of any subordinates supervised: occasional volunteers or temporary OPS

Residency requirement: Florida, must reside within a 25 mile radius of the Apalachicola River WEA

Minimum Level of Education- Bachelors degree in a life or physical science

License Requirements: None

 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.