OPS - Fisheries and Wildlife Biological Scientist III - FWC

Requisition No: 46906 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: OPS F&W Biological Scientist III - 77902245

Position Number: 77902245 

Posting Closing Date: 11/10/2018 

Title: OPS Fisheries and Wildlife Biological Scientist III

Working Title: OPS Outreach and Education Specialist

Salary: $20.44/hr, 40 hrs/wk

Broadband/Class Code:  19-1023-02

Level of Education: A Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences

Region: South Region

Working hours: 40hrs/week 8-5, M-F, occasional nights and weekends required; overnight travel may be required

List of any subordinates supervised: None

Residency requirement: None

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Division:  Habitat and Species Conservation

Section:  Wildlife Impact Management

Sub-section:  Nonnative Fish and Wildlife Program

Address: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 950 North Krome Avenue, Homestead, FL 33030

Supervisor: Jenny Novak, Nonnative Fish and Wildlife Outreach and Education Biologist

Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences. A valid Florida driver’s license required. In addition to submitting a completed state application via People First, applicants are required to submit a cover letter highlighting their qualifications and expressing their interest in the position.


Description of Position:

The Wildlife Impact Management Section is seeking an energetic and motivated candidate to assist with education and outreach initiatives related to nonnative fish and wildlife and to coordinate the Exotic Pet Amnesty Program. Primary duties will include assisting with various nonnative fish and wildlife outreach and education programs such as the Python Pickup Program, attending outreach events, purchasing and distributing outreach materials, creating materials, updating the website, and conducting other outreach projects. Additionally, responsibilities will include rehoming exotic pets through the Exotic Pet Amnesty Program, answering calls to the Exotic Species Hotline and through the program email regarding the Exotic Pet Amnesty Program, and organizing 4-6 Exotic Pet Amnesty Day events around the state per year.


Additional duties will include:

  • Preparing educational and outreach activities and trainings on nonnative fish and wildlife issues;

  • Assisting the Outreach and Education Biologist with:

    • Website updates and species profiles;

    • Development of educational materials, presentations, and exhibits;

    • Purchasing educational materials;

    • Distributing materials for the Python Pickup Program;

  • Leading the development of the Nonnative Fish and Wildlife Program’s annual report;

  • Representing the Nonnative Fish and Wildlife Program at special events and providing public presentations;

  • Conducting independent projects designed to further the agency’s nonnative education program;

  • Leading the Exotic Pet Amnesty Program by:

    • Developing outreach materials and coordinating media events for Exotic Pet Amnesty Days;

    • Soliciting new exotic pet adopters through targeted campaigns and coordinated events;

    • Maintaining and operating the Exotic Pet Amnesty trailer;

    • Ensuring Exotic Pet Amnesty Program data are uploaded and summarized in a timely manner;

    • Writing quarterly and annual reports about the Exotic Pet Amnesty Program in a timely manner; and

  • Other duties as assigned.


It is expected that all FWC employees courteously assist Commission constituents to resolve questions or problems they may have on matters relating to the Commission, its programs, or fish and wildlife conservation in general; and garner public support for agency objectives and programs by serving Florida's citizens in a positive and proactive manner.


Knowledge, skills and abilities required for the position: 


  • Demonstrated skill in excellent customer service; 

  • Demonstrated working knowledge on husbandry of nonnative fish and wildlife; 

  • Familiarity with nonnative species issues;

  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced work environment and adhere to time constraints;

  • Ability to drive a truck and pull a two axle trailer;

  • Experience working with the public or stakeholder representatives;

  • Ability to troubleshoot and assist the public while communicating over the phone;

  • Ability to positively and effectively communicate with stakeholders and coworkers;

  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing for various audiences;

  • Demonstrated technical writing skills.


Desired qualifications include:

  • Ability to identify native and nonnative wildlife;

  • Ability to properly and safely handle nonnative wildlife;

  • Ability to multi-task as well as work without close supervision when needed;

  • Computer experience (MS Word, Access, Excel and Outlook);

  • Ability to travel less than 25%.

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: Fort Lauderdale 
Nearest Secondary Market: Miami

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