Planner IV - FWC

Requisition No: 24625 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Position Number: 77001159 

Salary:  $1,456.45 bi-weekly + benefits 

Posting Closing Date: 12/13/2017 

Working job title: Human Dimensions Specialist

Pending ReclassificatIon to a Planner IV

Broadband code:  13-1111-04

Class code: 2212

The position is in the Division of Habitat and Species Conservation

Location: statewide; TBD (location depends on candidate)

Supervisor: Ann Forstchen                                                                                     

Working hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., 40 hours/week

List of any subordinates supervised: none

Preferred years of experience desired:  2+

Preferred Education: Master’s Degree

Percentage of Travel required:  +/- 10%


A cover letter and resume must be included with the application package



Integrates social science research into natural resource management actions that will enhance the mission of the FWC.  This position will work to understand, through social science methods, how the FWC can seek and increase broad and thoughtful public investment in wildlife, fisheries and habitat conservation and management. Uses valid scientific methods to assess social perceptions of natural resource management, managers, research, and regulations.  Creates and conducts research studies that will identify stakeholders, evaluate their values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors, and ensure results are applied in natural resource management decisions.  Provides guidance and technical support to FWC on issues of human dimensions and incorporating social science methods into natural resource management and policy.  Develops a range of materials that inform FWC on the human dimensions aspect of fisheries, wildlife, and natural resource management.  Implements or creates methodologies to assess, track, and evaluate social response to implemented regulations and identifies areas of impact and success within the state.  Aids in the development of effective communication strategies to support program objectives and science-informed management decisions.  Aids in the development and implementation of stakeholder engagement approaches.  Works with other HD specialists internally and in academia, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to conduct natural resource social science research.  Understands, appreciates, and publishes new findings in peer-reviewed statistical journals.  Reports to FWC Human Dimension Coordinator.  Member of FWC Human Dimensions Standing Team.  Performs other duties as assigned.



Desired Minimum Education and/or Experience:

The formal education equivalent of a master’s degree in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Fisheries or Wildlife Management, Conservation Management, or related area.  Candidate must have relevant experience with design, implementation, and analysis of qualitative and quantitative social science research information. Candidate must have strong analytical and writing skills, proficient in relevant programs and software necessary to effectively conduct research related to social science inquiry, effective communication skills, ability to work collaboratively with other scientists, and strong leadership skills.  A cover letter and resume must be included with the application package.



Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of the principles of biology, ecology, and related fish and wildlife conservation sciences.  Knowledge of current methods and techniques of applied natural resource social science research, data collection, and analysis.  Knowledge and experience with current survey design, implementation, data analysis, and reporting techniques.  Knowledge of fish/wildlife management and conservation programs.  Ability to effectively communicate in oral and written forms.  Ability to conduct social science surveys/studies, analyze and evaluate collected data, and prepare written narrative reports of findings.  Ability to work cooperatively with multiple internal teams, academia and the private sector to conduct social science research.


Responsible for adhering to the provisions and requirements of Section 215.422, F.S., related to State Comptroller’s rules and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission invoice processing and warrant distribution procedures. Responsibilities may include legislative interactions. Courteously assists Commission constituents to resolve questions or problems they may have in matters relating to the Commission, its programs or fish and wildlife conservation, generally. Seeks to garner public support for agency objectives and programs by serving Florida’s citizens in a positive and proactive manner.


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.