OPS - Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist III - FWC



Date: Oct 1, 2018


Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32317


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Requisition No: 45617 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

Working Title: OPS F&W BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST III - 77902150

Position Number: 77902150 

Salary:  $20.94 per hour 

Posting Closing Date: 10/15/2018 


Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI)

Section: Information and Science Management/Center Spatial Analysis


** Grant funded OPS position - Employment expected for 15 months (Dec. 2018 - February 2020).  Potential for additional funds to extend length of employment. **


Job Description:

Provide outreach support to FWC, USFWS and partner agency staff by: providing education/user support for the Conservation Planning Atlas (CPA), including trainings, presentations, webinars, conferences, and invited talks.  CPA support includes use of tools, including the simple viewer, advanced mapper, conservation action tracker, and climate adaptation explorer; CPA features including data searching, data upload/download, and group/team site development.  Respond to questions about the CPA.  


Provide technical support to staff by: providing user support for the Florida Conservation Blueprint, providing GIS-based application-specific analyses using the Florida Conservation Blueprint and the Southeastern Blueprint; and capturing feedback concerning Blueprint uses and case studies.  Assist the CPA data manager in locating, uploading and sharing data on the CPA. 


Create outreach materials including brochures, fact sheets, and user guides;


Analyze existing and elicit additional feedback from CPA and Blueprint users concerning the effectiveness and constraints of the CPA tools and Blueprint to support conservation actions as well as work with FWC and USFWS staff and software developers to improve those applications based on that feedback.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The employee must have strong skills in time and information management, written and oral communication, and interpersonal relations. The employee must be experienced in the use of computers for word processing, information management, and communications including social media.

  • Knowledge of regional ecosystems and wildlife management practices;

  • Demonstrated skill in compiling, organizing and analyzing data;

  • Demonstrated skill in the use and application of GIS software;

  • Demonstrated skill in effective communication skills across a diverse array of stakeholders;

  • Skilled in collaborative team building and public speaking;

  • Skilled in using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;

  • Ability to work independently, coordinate work assignments and multitask when needed;

  • Ability to communicate effectively - orally, graphically and in writing; 

  • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with FWC staff and other partner organizations; 

  • Ability to learn, utilize, and effectively communicate custom, task specific computer applications.


Minimum Qualifications: 

* A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the biological sciences and two years 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 and one year of professional experience as described above

* OR a doctorate from an accredited college or university in one of the biological sciences


Preferred Criteria - Preference may be given to applicants with experience in communication and outreach.


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


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


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