Associate Research Scientist - FWC

Requisition No: 49931 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)


Position Number: 77060238 

Salary:  $53,045 Annually 

Posting Closing Date: 12/23/2018 




FWC-FWRI - Statistician:


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is hiring a 40 hour per week quantitative ecologist/statistician in St. Petersburg, FL as a member of the Center for Biostatistics and Modeling. The candidate will work on a variety of conservation-related projects and provide statistical consulting services to agency staff in a unique and rewarding collaborative environment. Consulting activities range from designing research studies to analyzing data to co-authoring manuscripts and include areas such as simple linear modeling, modeling population dynamics, estimating abundance, and assessing the impact of management actions on habitats. One of the main duties of this position is to conduct habitat suitability and population dynamics modeling for marine species. This position includes full health and retirement benefits at an annual salary of $53,000 (candidates should note there is no personal income tax in the State of Florida). To apply please submit a cover letter describing your qualifications and interest in the position, along with a CV, through the Florida State People First system.


Minimum Qualifications:

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the physical or natural sciences or mathematics and four years of professional experience in one of the physical or natural sciences or mathematics; OR a master's degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the physical or natural sciences or mathematics and three years of professional experience as described above; OR a doctorate from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the physical or natural sciences or mathematics and one year of professional experience as described above.


Preferred Qualifications:

Candidates may be given preference if they have either a Master's degree or a doctorate from an accredited college or university in statistics or one of the natural sciences with demonstrable proficiency in quantitative ecology.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Must be able to understand and appreciate research problems from the perspective of a biologist or resource manager

  • Must be able to produce graphics and summarize analytical results in a manner that is understandable to biologists

  • Must have working knowledge in the areas of experimental design, linear models, generalized linear models, mixed effect (hierarchical) models, generalized additive models, and spatial statistics

  • Working knowledge in structural equation modeling, community ecology, and structured decision making is preferred

  • Must have a working knowledge of GIS concepts; experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and ESRI software preferred

  • Must be proficient at programming in either SAS or R

  • Must be able to work independently to plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments

  • Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with research staff, including personnel stationed at field offices throughout the state of Florida

  • Must be able to represent research results at professional meetings and build and maintain productive relationships with agency partners

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: Tampa


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