Date: Jul 11, 2018

Location: SAINT PETERSBURG, FL, US, 33701


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Requisition No: 39618 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST I - FWC - 77072513

Position Number: 77072513 

Salary:  $33,459 Annually 

Posting Closing Date: 07/28/2018 




Open Competitive Position


Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI)

Section: Marine Fisheries Research/Fisheries-Independent Monitoring


This is a Career Service position.

No moving expenses provided and the pay rate is non-negotiable.


Job Description

Participate in the Fisheries-Independent Monitoring (FIM) program’s dietary study program. Duties include but are not limited to: identification and enumeration of fish and invertebrate species taken from fish stomachs throughout the eastern Gulf of Mexico and south Atlantic.  Accurately enter diet data into an Access data base as well as help maintain scientific collection records and assist in creating photo reference collection to validate identifications.  Assist with rinsing, sorting, and processing field and laboratory samples following standardized protocols. Manage chemical MSDS documents/stickers for gut lab as well as for the overall FIM program.  Contribute to fisheries field sampling and the identification and enumeration of fish and invertebrate species captured in sampling gear.  Assist in summarizing and conducting statistical analyses of trophic data. Assist in the preparation of technical and scientific reports and/or manuscripts. Participate in public outreach efforts as appropriate.


Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the biological sciences.


Preferred Qualifications

A bachelor degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the biological sciences and three 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. 


Preferred Experience (OPTIONAL)

Preference may be given to individuals with M.S. degree in one of the biological sciences or to individuals demonstrating direct knowledge of fisheries, experience identifying fish and invertebrates taken from fish stomachs, and/or experience analyzing diet data.

Knowledge, Skill(s), and Abilities

Ability to identify fish and invertebrates for gut analysis project, and to accurately use microscopes and other lab equipment. Knowledge of juvenile and adult fish and/or invertebrate identification, of methods and gear used for collection of fisheries samples, of personal computers and database software.  Ability to collect, summarize, and analyze fisheries data; to prepare technical reports; to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; to establish and maintain effective working relationships; to work both independently and on a team; work hours in excess of 40 per week; maintain valid driver’s license. 


Where to Apply

Applicants are required to submit a complete, up-to-date, State of Florida Employment Application Profile electronically in People First ( by the closing date listed.  Resumes and supporting documentation may be submitted at the same time you are applying online, faxed, or mailed to People First, but do not replace the requirement for a completed State of Florida Employment Application Profile.


If you experience technical difficulties during the application process or when attaching documents, call People First staffing at 1-877-562-7287. 


If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida.  Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.


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. 


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