OPS - Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist II - FWC

OPS F&W Bio Sci II - 77907294

Date: Oct 1, 2018

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32317

Apply now »


Requisition No: 45618 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

Working Title: OPS F&W Bio Scientist II - 77907294

Position Number: 77907294 

Salary:  $17.31 per hour 

Posting Closing Date: 10/15/2018 


Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI)

Section: Information Science & Management/Center Spatial Analysis


** OPS grant funded position - employment expected for 12 months (December 2018-December 2019)** 


Job Description:

Provide GIS data management, quality assurance, and metadata creation related to the Cooperative Land Cover data, including:


Updating the Cooperative Land Cover data:

  • Manage data review and editing, coordinate with internal and external personnel (e.g., FNAI, WMDs, DEP) as necessary to obtain, integrate and verify spatial data.  

  • Acquire new spatial data from internal and external sources for edits/updates to the land cover data.

  • Ensure correct feature classifications, enforce topology, and maintain correct geometries of the dataset.

  • Utilize and create Python or other programming language scripts for QA/QC, analysis, and batch processes.

  • Maintain the land cover email address and respond to requests/input provided thru this email.


Data Management:

  • Maintain land cover data in an organized and standardized file folder system, updating and archiving files as necessary and providing updates to the GIS data manager so other users can find needed files.

  • Follow established file naming protocols.

  • Maintain land cover data in an organized structure and make it available through the GIS Data Librarian.

  • Share updated and reorganized GIS information with section and agency personnel.



  • Create and maintain metadata in accordance with standards and procedures. Metadata is clear, concise, complete and created in a timely manner.

  • Coordinate with CSA and IS&M metadata coordinator.


Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the natural plant communities and land cover/land use types in the Southeast.

  • Knowledge of the terminology, principles and techniques used in land cover classification, biological research, analysis or testing.

  • Demonstrated advanced level of skill in GIS and remote sensing software application. 

  • Demonstrated skill in large spatial dataset management.

  • Demonstrated skill in geodatabase functionality, tools, and management including but not limited to topology, indexing, and schemas.

  • Ability to work well both independently and within a team structured environment and work efficiently to meet operational deadlines.

  • Ability to perform quantitative analysis of scientific data.

  • Ability to use, display, manipulate, analyze, and interpret multispectral satellite imagery. 

  • Ability to manage complex projects and delivery product within established timeframes.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally, graphically and in writing.

  • Travel out of area for several days at a time.


Minimum Qualifications:

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: 

Preference may be given to applicants with experience using Python, geodatabase management, and remote sensing.


WHAT IS OPS EMPLOYMENT?  Other Personal Services (OPS) temporary employer/employee relationship used solely for accomplishing short term or intermittent tasks. OPS employees do not fill established positions and may not be assigned the duties of any vacant authorized position.  OPS employees are at-will employees and are subject to actions such as pay changes, changes to work assignment and terminations at the pleasure of the agency head or designee.



  • State of Florida 401(a) FICA Alternative Plan - mandatory

  • Workers’ Compensation - mandatory

  • Reemployment Assistance (Unemployment Compensation) - mandatory

  • Participation in state group insurance (must meet eligibility requirements. Consult with People First or the servicing Human Resource Office for details.)     

  • Deferred Compensation - voluntary

  • Employee Assistance Program – voluntary



  • Any form of paid leave

  • Paid holidays

  • Participation in the Florida Retirement System

  • Reinstatement rights or retention rights


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

Apply now »