SES - Biological Administrator III - FWC

Requisition No: 7504 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Position Number: 77000811 

Salary:  $1,988.24 bi-weekly + benefits 

Posting Closing Date: 04/18/2017 

Title: Biological Administrator III, SES

Working Title: Assistant Section Leader, Wildlife Assistance Program Coordinator

Class Code:  5040

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

Region: Tallahassee, Florida. 

Working hours: 40hrs +/week

List of subordinates supervised: Directly supervises 2 FTE, 1 OPS, with full program staff oversight of 2 FTE and 7 OPS staff

Residency requirement: None

Division:  Habitat and Species Conservation

Section:  Wildlife Impact Management

Address: 620 South Meridian Street, Tallahassee, Florida

 Supervisor:  Kristen Penney Sommers, Section Leader, Wildlife Impact Management


In addition to submitting a completed State of Florida electronic application and completing the qualifying questions, applicants must attach a cover letter and up to date resume to be considered. Submitted cover letter should at a minimum explain your interest in this position and identify your most relevant skills and experience.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Description of position:

The Wildlife Impact Management (WIM) section is seeking an energetic and motivated candidate to serve as the Assistant Section Leader and the Wildlife Assistance Program Coordinator.  This position provides statewide leadership on human-wildlife conflict issues in Florida, directing program staff, and working closely with inter- and intra-agency collaborators, and stakeholders. 


Duties and responsibilities:

As Assistant Section Leader, this position evaluates wildlife policies, administrative and regulatory requirements, and implements changes as needed.  Duties also include assisting with budget development, prioritization and tracking, and other section wide administrative roles.   

 The Wildlife Assistance Program provides technical assistance over the phone, in writing and in person to the public, both to individuals and organizations regarding resolution or abatement of nuisance wildlife events. The goal of this program is to provide pro-active conservation-based alternatives to wildlife conflict.  As Program Coordinator, the incumbent is responsible for the development and oversight of and leadership to this program.  Duties include close coordination with other fish and wildlife professionals and stakeholders, both internal and external to the agency, monitoring and program evaluation.  Responsibilities include working with staff to develop unique pro-active educational plans and programs while working in close coordination with other agency sections, divisions and offices and external stakeholders.  This position also leads the agency Strategic Initiative Team for Conflict Wildlife. 

 Additional responsibilities include: 

  • contract and grant development,
  • Oversight of Section data collection and analysis
  • Report writing
  • development and participation in stakeholder groups
  • participation on various FWC issue teams requiring human-dimensionhuman-wildlife conflict subject matter expertise

The incumbent is also expected to work closely and effectively with internal and external stakeholders, such as FWC Division of Law Enforcement’s Captive Wildlife Unit, USDA Wildlife Services, pet industry representatives, and other state and federal agencies and may represent the FWC at meetings and appropriate conferences. The incumbent may serve on multiple agency teams, lead agency teams, or serve on interagency work groups.

The incumbent is expected to effectively manage an annual budget, contracts and grants, and develop annual work plans based on team-identified long- and short-term program priorities.   

Supervisory responsibilities include direct supervision of 2 FTE and 1 OPS positions, with oversight of additional staff within the program.  

The incumbent is also responsible for other miscellaneous duties as assigned by supervisor.  These duties may include, but are not limited to,

  • making budget requests, or assisting with Agency, Division or Section priorities;
  • Responsible for the 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.


The Commission expects its employees to be courteous and respectful while assisting Commission customers and stakeholders, ensuring each encounter is as positive as possible.  Employees should promptly resolve questions or problems relating to the Commission, its programs and/or fish and wildlife resources.  Employees should seek to gain public support for agency objectives and programs by serving Florida’s citizens in a positive and proactive manner and by listening to what the customer wants and striving to meet their needs.  When appropriate, employees will explain the reasons for agency actions or decisions while communicating a consistent FWC point-of-view. 

Responsible for following the provisions and requirements in Section 215.422, Florida Statutes, related to the Comptroller’s rules and FWC’s invoice processing and warrant distribution procedures.

Work at FWC is cross-functional meaning duties may cross division/office lines.  The Commission expects employees to function across FWC’s organizational structure by providing their skills and expertise wherever needed through work on teams or as directed.


Knowledge, skills and abilities required for the position: 

Incumbent must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to work well with team members and members of the public. 

Other required knowledge, skills and abilities include:

  • demonstrated leadership and management abilities;
  • ability to work well in a fast-paced work climate, with multiple high priority work assignments;
  • ability to manage multiple projects and priorities;
  • knowledge and education regarding wildlife science and ecology;
  • familiarity with wildlife conflict issues;
  • demonstrated technical writing ability;
  • working knowledge of human dimensions aspects of wildlife management;
  • supervisory experience;
  • public speaking; and
  • Experience working with the public and/or stakeholder representatives. 


Desired qualifications include:

  • the ability to positively and effectively communicate with stakeholders and coworkers;  
  • demonstrated working knowledge and experience in, regulatory and rule development processes
  • ability and desire to be open-minded while working within a team of biologists to develop long-term solutions to wildlife management challenges;
  • ability to multi-task, work in and lead teams as well as work alone when needed;
  • knowledge of Florida plant/animal communities,  and
  • The ability to travel up to 25%, for several days at a time throughout Florida.

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