OPS - Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist III - FWC

Requisition No: 39291 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: OPS- F & W BS III - 77904078

Position Number: 77904078 

Posting Closing Date: 07/22/2018 

Title:  OPS Fish & Wildlife Biological Scientist III

Working Title:   Assistant Wild Turkey Program Coordinator

Start Date:  Negotiable

Physical Address:  FWC NE Regional Office, 1239 SW 10th St., Ocala, FL 34471

Supervisor:  Roger Shields

Broadband code:  19-1023-03

Class code:  5074

Region:  Northeast

County:  Marion

Hourly rate of pay:  $19.84

Type of Position:  Full time (40 hrs/week)

Working hours:  8am – 5pm, M-F; working hours will be variable at times, potentially requiring work on holidays and weekends

List of any subordinates supervised:  No subordinates supervised

Residency requirement:  None

Level of Education:  Minimum a B.S. in one of the biological sciences plus 2 years of experience; M.S. preferred


Description of duties:


General:  The incumbent serves as the Division of Hunting and Game Management’s Assistant Wild Turkey Program Coordinator.  Assists the Wild Turkey Program Coordinator with implementation of a statewide wild turkey management program through implementation of the Strategic Plan for Wild Turkey Management. 


Administration/Planning:  The incumbent will assist the program coordinator with formulating wild turkey population and habitat management policies and strategies and recommends regulatory and policy changes as appropriate based upon a review of harvest data, population surveys, life history information, scientific literature, social considerations, and other relevant information.  As assigned, prepares reports on specific aspects of wild turkey management pertinent to the Commission's evaluation of programs, policies, and regulations. 


Coordination/Management: Participates in implementation of the strategic plan by effectively communicating and cooperating with other agency personnel and individuals in the private and public sectors.  Assists with formulating management recommendations and works with other agency personnel and individuals in the private and public sectors for the implementation of management recommendations.  Serves as a representative of the program and Commission at conferences and meetings on wild turkey related activities.


Public interaction:  Establishes and maintains contact with organizations, clubs, and advocacy groups interested in the wild turkey to communicate program objectives and activities, to obtain cooperation, and to facilitate incorporation of constituents' needs into program elements, as appropriate.  When necessary, develops and implements appropriate methods to assess constituent views and needs and program effectiveness.  Pursues program objectives through public speaking opportunities, media contacts, and other outreach mechanisms, including electronic media and preparation of popular articles, on wild turkey hunting and management and on program activities.  Responds to correspondence relating to wild turkey management and regulations.


Data collection, analysis and synthesis:  In cooperation with appropriate Commission personnel, reviews archival data on wild turkeys in Florida.  Reviews Commission-sponsored research and data collection efforts pertaining to wild turkey management.  When feasible and appropriate, seeks extramural funding for management and research activities pertaining to wild turkeys.  Helps identify program informational needs.  Where necessary and appropriate and consistent with program objectives and needs, plans data collection strategies, coordinates and participates in data collection, completes data analyses, and prepares results of analyses for publication in technical journals.

Performs related work as required.

Work at FWC is cross-functional meaning duties may cross division/office lines.  The Commission expects employees to function across FWC’s organizational structure by providing their skills and expertise wherever needed through work on teams or as directed.


Knowledge, skills and abilities:


  • Knowledge of wild turkey habitat requirements and life history and principals and practices for wild turkey management.
  • Knowledge in the identification of plants and plant communities providing important wild turkey habitat benefits in Florida.
  • Ability to work and make appropriate decisions independently.
  • Ability to analyze complex issues and problems and develop innovative, efficacious solutions.
  • Ability to formulate coherent, effective policies and procedures and incorporate biological, administrative, ethical, social, and political considerations in formulation of those policies and procedures.
  • Ability to determine work priorities, elicit cooperation as necessary to achieve objectives and ensure proper and timely completion of work assignments and program activities.
  • Ability to understand, comply with, and apply rules, policies, and procedures applicable to the conduct of a Commission employee and to the implementation and administration of a wild turkey management program.
  • Ability to effectively direct Commission employees working on wild turkey-related agency-wide projects and initiatives.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to prepare scientific reports and popular articles.
  • Knowledge of correct English composition, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Knowledge of scientific methods, study design, principles of statistical inference and analysis, and application of computer-based data analysis packages.
  • Skill in the use of scientific laboratory and field equipment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with others.
  • Ability to assess budgetary needs and to prepare and manage a budget.
  • Ability to use computer word-processing, spreadsheet, database and mapping software.



WHAT IS OPS EMPLOYMENT? Other Personal Services (OPS) employment is a 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 (upon meeting eligibility requirements)

•             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: Ocala

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