OPS - Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist III - FWC

Requisition No: 31370

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: OPS F&W Biological Scientist III - 77907086

Position Number: 77907086

Salary:  $18.21 an hour

Posting Closing Date: 04/05/2018

Position number: 77907086

Address: Tallahassee Headquarters, 620 S. Meridian St, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600

St Petersburg is a possibility depending on availability of office space. Working from home part-time can be discussed once the project is off the ground.

Supervisor & Position number: Caroline Gorga, Caroline.Gorga@myfwc.com<mailto:Caroline.Gorga@myfwc.com> (737915 / 793012)

In addition to submitting an electronic State of Florida employment application and completing the qualifying questions, applicants must attach a cover letter to be considered for this position. This letter should at minimum explain your interest in the specific organization and position and identify your most relevant skills or experiences.

Description of duties: This position will be supervised by the Species and Habitat Monitoring Coordinator with Florida’s Wildlife Legacy Initiative and work closely with FWC’s Taxa Conservation Coordinators and Taxa Research Coordinators. The proposed start date is May 2018. This position will serve as the Species Ranking System Manager for a period of 19 weeks (if full-time). The primary task is to evaluate the status of at least fifteen (15) species (TBD but includes avian, fish, herp, and mammal) using FWC’s Species Ranking System (or Millsap). This ranking system is described in Millsap et al. (1990); it is a peer-reviewed system of scores for evaluating the vulnerability of species to extinction and prioritizing conservation and management actions within the state.

To evaluate a species’ status, the SRS Manager will be asked to conduct a thorough literature review and organize this information based on the Species Ranking System variables (e.g., population trend, reproductive potential of recovery, ecological specialization, etc.). The deliverable for each species evaluation will be a technical review with citations and data supporting all conclusions. The position will present this deliverable to a set of species experts, who will then use the information to assign the final Biological Score, Action Score and Supplemental Score. The position may be asked to develop and present PowerPoint presentations. Occasional travel to Gainesville, Lake City, Ocala, Tallahassee or St Petersburg is likely, but overnight travel would be limited. Hourly wage and any travel costs are paid for by a State Wildlife Grant.

Citation: Millsap, B. A., J. A. Gore, D. E. Runde, and S. I. Cerulean. 1990. Setting priorities for the conservation of fish and wildlife species in Florida. Wildlife Monographs 111:1-57.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities: Biology (wildlife and fisheries biology, population ecology preferred), familiarity with status assessments (e.g., FWC’s Species Ranking System (or Millsap), NatureServe, etc.), experience conducting literature reviews, proficiency with typical Windows applications. The individual must possess the initiative, motivation, and self-direction necessary to work productively unsupervised as well as function as a member of a team.

Broadband code: 19-1023-03

Class code: 5074

Region: Northwest, preferred. Possibility for Southwest.

Title: OPS Biological Scientist III (Species Ranking System Manager).

County: Leon, preferred. Pinellas may be a possibility.

Working hours: 8am – 5pm preferred

Job Term: 19 weeks minimum

Hourly rate: $18.21/hour, 20-40 hours per week (full time preferred)

List of any subordinates supervised: None

Level of Education- At a minimum, the applicant should have a bachelor’s degree with a major in one of the biological sciences (ecology, wildlife science, environmental science or natural resource related preferred).

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.

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