SES - Biological Administrator III - FWC

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Position Number: 77001097 

Salary:  $1,988.24-2,307.69 ($51,694-60,000 annually) biweekly salary commiserate with experience 

Posting Closing Date: 04/28/2017                    

Class Title:   Biological Administrator III-SES                        

Broadband Code:  11-9121-2

Class Code:  5041

Office/Section:  Conservation Planning Services, Land Use Planning Program

Location:  Tallahassee

Supervisor: Director of Conservation Planning Services                                                                                                                    

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

List of subordinates supervised: Two Biological Administrator II positions, one Government Analyst II position, one Administrative Assistant III position

Years of Experience Desired:  5+

Education:   Bachelor’s degree in a life or physical science; Master’s degree preferred

Percent of Travel Required:  +/- 40%


Description of duties:

The Office of Conservation Planning Services (OCPS), is seeking a fish and wildlife professional to lead and administer its Land Use Planning Program (LUP). This position is a statewide program administrator that supervises two biological administrators who each have teams of biological scientists that provide fish and wildlife-related technical assistance to private landowners statewide.  This position requires an in-depth understanding of fish and wildlife ecology and management needs, as well as a practical knowledge of native habitat management and recovery techniques suited to Florida landscapes.

The ideal candidate will have at least 3 years of supervisory and administrative experience in addition to experience with land management, species management, habitat restoration, and a working knowledge of regulatory and permitting processes that affect land uses.  

OCPS works with private landowners that are looking to enhance wildlife and habitat conservation on their properties or are pursuing some form of land use change that may affect fish and wildlife resources.  Such activities may include agriculture/forestry activities, transportation infrastructure, industrial operations, power generation and transmission, residential developments, and large-scale community planning.  This position focuses on critical conservation issues pursuant to implementation of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Private Lands Innovation, Conflict Wildlife and Imperiled Species Management Strategic Initiatives, particularly local issues such as reducing human-wildlife interactions, planning for population growth and associated infrastructure, habitat management, and maintaining or enhancing healthy fish and wildlife populations by providing a higher degree of engagement and proactively working with landowners to provide information and decision support regarding fish and wildlife resources.  Work includes project review and assistance ahead of regulatory processes; review and comment on regulated activities that have potential to impact fish and wildlife resources; assisting applicants, local governments, and permitting agencies in identifying and offsetting impacts to fish and wildlife; providing written technical assistance; and providing written agency positions as part of regulatory reviews.  This position will also focus on partnerships and planning, including reducing impacts to Florida’s imperiled species, reducing habitat fragmentation, and reducing the potential for human-wildlife conflict, including identification of project mitigation that contributes to landscape level conservation objectives. 

Key elements of this position include outreach, relationship building, and technical assistance regarding regulated land and water use decisions and increasing support for private landowners.  Emphasis will include implementing communication, outreach and education objectives by partnering with state and federal agencies including the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), the Florida Department of Transportation, the Department of Economic Opportunity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, and the five Water Management Districts  to inform and influence fish and wildlife resource conservation on private lands and implement other initiatives to enhance viability and conservation value of regulated land and water uses; examples include increased efforts to work with the FDEP to reduce duplication in regulation associated with Florida’s imperiled species.  Outreach and education will be aimed at informing the public and partner agencies of landscape-level conservation stemming from regulated activities, as well as providing technical assistance to private landowners pursuing some form of growth management planning or regulated land use. Local and regional conservation efforts and growth management will be enhanced by working with local governments to increase the efficiency of regulations and policies aimed at establishing and maintaining conservation lands, mitigation, and development of economic incentives for conservation. 

Responsible for timely and accurate processing and or approval, as appropriate, of vendor invoices and warrants for payment of goods received or services rendered to avoid automatic interest penalty payments to said vendors. 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.

Desired Minimum Requirements:

Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in biology, wildlife or fisheries management, zoology, environmental sciences or other closely related curriculum, Graduate Degree and three years of professional experience preferred.

A cover letter and resume should be included with the application package.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee