Fisheries & Biological Scientist III - FWC

Requisition No: 25315 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Position Number: 77001068 

Posting Closing Date: 12/18/2017 

Title:  Fish and Wildlife Biologist III

Working Title: Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail Coordinator 

Salary: $1,456.45 bi-weekly and $37,867.70 annually

Class Code:  5074

Level of Education: A Bachelor’s degree in a life or physical science

Region: Tallahassee

Working hours: 40hrs/week

List of any subordinates supervised: none

Residency requirement: None

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Division: Habitat and Species Conservation

Section:  Public Access Services Office

Sub-section:  Wildlife Viewing



This is a highly advanced professional position managing and coordinating activities associated with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Wildlife Viewing Program’s Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. 


Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Provide overall strategic leadership to the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail (Trail)) including:
    • Working with partners, site managers, tourism groups and wildlife viewing stakeholders to deliver a high-quality experience to Trail users;
    • Engaging the Technical Assistance Group to obtain input for materials development and promotion methods
    • Leveraging partnerships to increase support of Trail
    • Managing the Trail’s physical infrastructure (wayfinding signs), support materials (guides) and communication tools (website and social media).
  • Coordinate outreach and promotion of the Trail to increase the number and diversity of Trail users.
  • Oversee the evaluation of the Trail and its products to assure user satisfaction. 
  • Monitor trends and developments in wildlife viewing programs to improve and expand wildlife viewing in Florida.
  • Actively participate in the National Wildlife Viewing and Nature Tourism Working Group
  • Promote Wildlife Viewing programs and FWC at outreach events
  • Represent the agency and Office of Public Access Services on appropriate committees.
  • Develop operational work plans and prepare required program reports.
  • Prepare and monitor program budget.
  • Respond to customer requests for information as needed.
  • 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.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.


Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Florida’s natural communities
  • Knowledge of wildlife management practices
  • Ability to identify and interpret natural history information about birds, butterflies and other Florida wildlife
  • Excellent public speaking skills including leading field experiences
  • Experience in outreach and promotion
  • Advanced writing skills
  • Knowledge of social media and website maintenance
  • Skilled in operational planning and implementation
  • Skilled in using computer software applications particularly Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Adobe and Acrobat Professional.
  • Ability to travel when required (26% – 50%).
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize work.
  • Ability to collaborate with others.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to create and distribute routine reports.
  • Ability to utilize problem solving techniques and apply critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to collect, organize, evaluate and analyze data.
  • Ability to design, edit and produce a variety of program materials.
  • Ability to maintain a valid drives’ license.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.

Minimum Qualification:

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a life or physical science. A master’s degree is preferred.

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. 

Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee