Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist II - FWC

Requisition No: 47703 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Position Number: 77072953 

Posting Closing Date: 11/27/2018 

Anticipated Vacancy

Address: Lake Wales Ridge WEA – 11630 Royce Ranch Avenue, Lake Placid, FL 33852

Supervisor: Matt Vance

Description of duties: Assists with the planning, development and implementation of management programs for the Lake Wales Ridge Wildlife and Environmental Area.  Assists with the development and implementation of habitat management programs to maintain and perpetuate native wildlife populations. These programs include activities such as prescribed fire, and mechanical and chemical control of native and exotic vegetation.  Other responsibilities include: coordination and implementation of managed public hunts; providing management recommendations to cooperating agencies to promote the conservation of wildlife resources; design and implementation of biological surveys to monitor the status of selected species, including data analysis and report writing; development and implementation of public recreational programs; proposing regulations based on sound biological and sociological principles;  development and implementation of scientifically appropriate monitoring programs; preparation and submission of administrative and biological reports; planning, development, and maintenance of projects to facilitate public use including road construction, establishment of parking areas, culvert installation, and construction and maintenance of boundary and interior fences and gates;  supervising various OPS staff; and furthering agency goals through interactions with cooperating agencies and stakeholders.        

Knowledge Skills and Abilities: Wildlife ecology; ecosystem management; fire ecology and plant succession; applied knowledge of the principles and practices of habitat management and restoration, including prescribed fire, mechanical and chemical vegetation control, and exotic plant control; ability to identify common and imperiled species, and understand their habitat and life history requirements; ability to write technical reports; wildlife and habitat survey and inventory knowledge; ability to collect and analyze biological data; ability to design statistically sound monitoring projects; water management; timber management; budget management; proficiency with typical Windows applications including ArcGIS; geospatial referencing; familiarity with infrastructure development and maintenance; familiarity with outdoor recreational activities and the facilities needed to support them; ability to organize work and set priorities; and ability to operate outdoors under inclement weather conditions.  Incumbent must possess the initiative, motivation, and self-direction necessary to work productively unsupervised alone as well as function as a member of a team.   

Starting pay rate: $1,234.18 bi-weekly--$32,088.68 a year plus benefits

Broadband code: 19-1023-02

Class code:  5028

Region: Southwest

Title: Fisheries and Wildlife Biological Scientist II

County: Highlands

Working hours: 8am – 5pm.

List of any subordinates supervised:  N/A

Residency requirement: 25 miles from main entrance of Lake Wales Ridge WEA.

Level of Education minimum BS (MS preferred) in biological sciences (a degree in wildlife management / science, conservation, or ecology is strongly recommended)

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.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Central Florida 
Nearest Secondary Market: Sebring

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