OPS - Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist II - FWC

Requisition No: 48765 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: OPS-F & W BS II - 77909071

Position Number: 77909071 

Posting Closing Date: 12/17/2018 

Anticipated Vacancy

Working Title: OPS Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist II Gopher Tortise Assistant Biologist

Broadband/Class Code: 19-1023-02/5028

Hourly Rate: $15.43

Full time: 40 hrs/week

City: Tallahassee

Region: Leon County

Working hours: 8am โ€“ 5pm

No subordinates supervised

Supervisor: Katherine Gentry


Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the biological sciences (such as wildlife conservation, natural resources management, environmental science, or a related subject), and one year 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. Applicants are required to submit a technical writing sample, resume, and a cover letter highlighting their qualifications and expressing their interest in the position.

Description of duties: This is a specialized position within the Gopher Tortoise Conservation Program. The main function of this role is to provide the citizens of Florida with information and subject matter expertise in a timely and professional manner. The incumbent is expected to communicate about gopher tortoise laws and regulations, conservation actions, minimizing impacts, and permits. The incumbent will communicate with the public via phone, email, and occasionally in-person. Duties include providing technical assistance to the public when needed for permit applications, responding to public requests for information regarding gopher tortoises, reviewing and issuing permits to address safety issues concerning burrows or existing structures, and reporting potential violations to FWC law enforcement. In addition, the incumbent is expected to work collaboratively with a team of biologists and office personnel; assist with the preparation of annual reports and development of a wildlife information management database to log phone calls; and track and generate reports of public inquiries. It is also expected that the incumbent will participate in local outreach programs, educate adults and children about gopher tortoises and wildlife conservation, and manage the distribution of educational materials. 

Lastly, the incumbent is expected to stay informed of current and relevant science and regulations regarding gopher tortoises and commensals; participate in team meetings, seminars, and workshops relating to wildlife resource management; and attend other training opportunities within and outside FWC.  Position may require occasional overnight travel.

Knowledge, skills and abilities required for the position:

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including technical writing skills

  • Demonstrated organizational skills

  • Biological knowledge

  • Data management skills, including experience with Excel

  • Basic website management skills

  • Ability to interpret and convey complex information to a broad audience

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Excellent customer service skills

  • Ability to interact with displeased or contentious members of the public in a professional, tactful and courteous manner

  • Ability to adhere to time constraints

  • Ability to problem-solve and assist the public while communicating over the phone

  • Ability to positively and effectively communicate with stakeholders and coworkers

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Experience working in wildlife conservation

  • Ability to identify native and nonnative Florida wildlife

  • Knowledge of gopher tortoise biology and native habitats

  • Knowledge of the Florida listed species process, permitting, and wildlife conservation

  • Experience in communicating complex information to the public and responding to public inquiries

  • Experience with Salesforce and SharePoint

  • Field work experience

OPS Employment Description: The position is OPS (Other Personnel Services), which means that employees are paid for the number of hours they work.  OPS employees do not receive any form of paid leave, paid holidays, or participation in the Florida Retirement System. OPS employees do have the option to receive health insurance benefits.

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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