Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist II - FWC

Requisition No: 43349 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: F&W BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST II - 77000249

Position Number: 77000249 

Posting Closing Date: 09/18/2018 

Working Title: F&W Biological Scientist II

Broadband/Class Code: 19-1023-02

Annual Salary Range: $32,088.68 Annually + Benefits

City: Panama City

Facility: Northwest Regional Office

Address– 3911 Hwy. 2321, Panama City, FL 32409

Supervisor– Jennifer Manis  


NOTE: For questions regarding this job advertisement please contact Jennifer Manis, 3911 Hwy. 2321, Panama City, FL 32409; 850-767-3623


Description of Duties:

This position is directly supervised by the Regional Species Conservation Biologist, is over a 16-county region in northwest Florida and is located in the Northwest Regional office in Panama City.  This is an FTE (full-time equivalent) employee position that is eligible for all career service state employee benefits.  This position serves as the Assistant Regional Biologist in the Species Conservation Planning Section, and is responsible for the following duties: conserve and protect imperiled and high priority, non-game wildlife populations (specifically shorebirds/seabirds, beach mice, crayfish, and amphibians) by developing, coordinating, and monitoring habitat restoration projects, conducting population and occupancy surveys, and coordinating with federal, state, and non-profit agencies and organizations; provide technical assistance as a subject matter expert over the phone and in writing to the public, Commission staff, and other stakeholders regarding non-game wildlife conservation and habitat restoration or protection methodologies; review and comment on projects, permits, and management plans that may impact imperiled or high-priority species; use software to input and analyze data; ensure maintenance of equipment and vehicles; provide administrative and logistical support for regional operations activities as necessary.

Broadband code - 19-1023-02

Class code - 5034

Region - Northwest

Title - Biological Scientist II

County - Bay

Working hours – 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CST, Monday-Friday

Work outside of these hours and >8-hour days will be occasionally required.

List of any subordinates supervised - none

Residency requirement - none

Level of Education - Minimum B.S. degree in the biological sciences.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Minimum of a Bachelor's degree required, with a major in one of the biological sciences (e.g., biology, ecology, natural resources, wildlife, zoology, etc.) essential. At least two years professional experience working with non-game species for state or local government in Florida preferred.  A graduate degree in one of the disciplines outlined above may substitute for professional experience. Broad-based working knowledge of a variety of non-game species across multiple taxa is preferred. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing is essential, as are strong computer skills in word processing, information management, communications, and data management.  Applicant must be able to conduct moderately strenuous wildlife management and monitoring activities outdoors during hot, humid, and buggy conditions, and sometimes during inclement weather. It is preferred that applicants have: Experience using ArcGIS; Knowledge of important nongame wildlife species in northwest Florida; Experience developing wildlife survey and management projects; An understanding of applicable federal and state laws, rules, and policies; Good organizational (time management, office organization, information management), customer service, and problem solving skills;  Demonstrated experience providing technical assistance and customer service to the public; Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working partnerships with other conservation agencies; and Ability to safely operate a variety of vehicles and equipment including GPS units, hand tools, power tools, 4WD vehicles, ATVs, trailers, and boats up to 20 feet, along with an understanding of basic maintenance requirements for such equipment.  The successful applicant will be enthusiastic, self-motivated, and have a commitment to natural resource conservation and customer service.

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: Pensacola

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