OPS - Fishereis & Wildlife Biological Scientist III - FWC


Date: Oct 24, 2018

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32317


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Requisition No: 46865 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

Working Title: OPS F&W BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST III - 77907550

Position Number: 77907550 

Salary:  $20.94 per hour 

Posting Closing Date: 11/06/2018 

Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI)

Section: Information Science and Management-Center for Spatial Analysis

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


The Threats Assessment Coordinator will assist the Adaptation Coordinator in incorporating future threats assessment (including threats related to climate change such as sea level rise, increased prevalence of invasive species, altered hydrology and shifts in fire regimes) into a project aimed at strengthening a unified, landscape-level conservation approach in Florida.  This will include both integrating future threats into spatial tools and mapping products associated with this project (including the Florida Conservation Blueprint, Conservation Planning Atlas and Climate Adaptation Explorer) and providing outreach, training and support contributing to the overall vision of the project of building a unified, holistic approach to conservation in Florida.  Key aspects of the Threats Assessment Coordinator role will include: 

  1. Technical: Provide technical support to the project team working on tools and mapping products by identifying pressures on critical places based on future threats.  Provide user support and assistance related to future threats for the Florida Conservation Blueprint, Conservation Planning Atlas and Climate Adaptation Explorer. 

  2. Communication and Outreach: Support integrating and aligning the Landscape Conservation Initiative project with the FWC Climate Adaptation Program including coordinating partner workshops, trainings and outreach events and creating outreach materials including brochures, fact sheets, and user guides.

  3. Coordination and Mentorship: Assist in coordinating the FWC Climate Adaptation Internship Program and support interns in revising the Florida Adaptation Guide and aligning it with the Climate Adaptation Explorer.


* 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



The entry-level knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) needed to perform job duties are:

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 biology, ecology, conservation biology and climate science;

  • 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;

  • Ability to apply technical and scientific knowledge to development and implementation of projects and to incorporate biological, financial, ethical, social, and political considerations;

  • 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

Preferred Criteria - Preference may be given to applicants with experience in communication and outreach and/or strong skills in the use of GIS software. 

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

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