Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist II - FWC

Requisition No: 7071 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Position Number: 77000150 

Salary:  $34,345 annually 

Posting Closing Date: 04/07/2017 




JOB DESCRIPTION.  Independently and cooperatively plan, direct, and participate in all aspects pertaining to fish monitoring in the Orange Creek Basin.  Duties include but are not limited to:  spring season sportfish monitoring, fall season fish community monitoring, and seasonal creel surveys.  Specific responsibilities associated with these duties include but are not limited to:  the collection of information for fish length frequency, age and growth, and/or other population parameters deemed necessary (e.g. fish condition, fishing mortality), data analysis, model development, description of findings in annual reports and oral presentations, publication of significant findings, and recommendations of management strategies.


Assist the research leader in developing, planning and executing field activities of riverine research studies and resource monitoring throughout the State of Florida.  Studies may include specific hypothesis testing of questions associated with fish populations, fish communities, or fish biology relating to stream ecology, resource assessment, and/or instream flows and levels.  Responsibilities include measurement of physical and chemical water parameters, freshwater fish collections, and aquatic habitat assessment and measurement.  Assist with project data analysis, model development, description of findings in annual reports and oral presentations, publication of significant findings, and recommendations of management strategies.


Keep abreast of current scientific literature that pertains to fish and habitat sampling procedures, techniques, and specialized equipment used in field and laboratory research studies.


Supervise OPS personnel as assigned, and direct their efforts toward accomplishment of field and laboratory studies. Duties include but are not limited to: recruitment, training, planning and directing work, reviewing performance with employee, and ensuring compliance with Commission and FWRI rules, policies, and procedures. 



  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the biological sciences and one year of professional biological experience in a field or laboratory program; or
  • A master's degree from an accredited college or university in one of the biological sciences.


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS.  A Master's degree from an accredited college or university in fisheries or aquatic sciences.


Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position: 


Knowledge of:  The biological sciences, including terminology, principles and techniques used in research and monitoring of freshwater fishes.  Data collection and analytical procedures for field and laboratory work and supervisory practices, principles and procedures. 


Skill in:  The use of scientific laboratory and field equipment and writing (both technical and popular articles and publications). 


Ability to:  Conduct scientific research using scientific methods and techniques; perform quantitative analysis of scientific data; prepare written reports; understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies, principles and procedures used in personnel and budget administration; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; effectively supervise others, establish and maintain effective working relationships; safely operate vehicles, trailers and boats up to 22'; swim with sufficient skill to save oneself in the event of an emergency, work outdoors in adverse conditions and maintain a valid driver’s license.


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: Gainesville