Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist III – FWC

Requisition No: 54385 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: F&W BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST III - 77072935

Position Number: 77072935 

Salary:  $1,456.45 bi-weekly + benefits 

Posting Closing Date: 03/07/2019 

Address: 3377 E. U.S. Highway 90, Lake City, FL 32055

Supervisor:  Andrea Alden,

Annual Salary: $37,867.70


In addition to submitting an electronic State of Florida employment application and completing the qualifying questions, please attach a cover letter. 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 serve as a regional Wildlife Legacy Biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in the North Central region, which covers 17 counties. The incumbent will lead regional and statewide implementation activities for Florida’s Wildlife Legacy Initiative ( with a focus on identification of species-specific research needs.  The Initiative is a non-regulatory, partnership driven program designed to facilitate conservation activities using a strategic statewide planning framework. This position will be primarily responsible for coordinating and implementing the Initiative’s Research and Monitoring goal and objectives statewide while functioning as a wildlife conservation resource to the North Central region.


This position supports the Initiative through these fundamental areas:


1.         Florida’s State Wildlife Action Plan – This person is responsible for identifying, coordinating, and generating cooperative conservation projects that address high priority issues identified in Florida’s State Wildlife Action Plan and emerging conservation issues. This position also assists in monitoring implementation activities and revising the plan according to federal guidance.


2.         State Wildlife Grants – This position supports the State Wildlife Grant program by communicating programmatic goals to partners and potential grantees, assisting in developing proposals, and in administering grants. This responsibility also includes coordinating, leading or supporting goal teams by facilitating project development (project proposals, identifying appropriate partners, and securing resources) through a team process. The position will complete grant administrative requirements and monitor funded projects.


3.         Partnerships – This person coordinates closely with other fish and wildlife professionals and stakeholders, both internal and external to the Commission to advance programmatic goals and objectives. This work involves developing substantive partnerships designed to enhance and leverage conservation opportunities where shared priorities occur.


4.         Regional Conservation- This position represents Florida’s Wildlife Legacy Initiative as a functional member of the Lake City North Central regional office. It is expected that this position stays up to date with species, habitat, and landscape conservation challenges and opportunities, and serve as a resource and subject matter expert in the North Central region.



To further advance the goals of the Initiative, duties of the position could include:

  • Serve as a team leader, team member, and regional representative to achieve goals within the Initiative program with little to no day-to-day supervision. This position will be primarily responsible for implementing the Initiative’s goals and objectives in the North Central region.

  • Coordinate with internal and external stakeholders to implement the Action Plan.

  • Identify, coordinate and develop priority projects through broad-based partner support that are designed to accomplish programmatic goals.

  • Lead teams through a conservation planning and prioritization process by identifying appropriate partners, facilitating project development, and securing resources to achieve goals.

  • Project management including grant writing, contract management, budget management and reporting.

  • Programmatic outreach through presentations, written communication including, email, scientific and popular publication and website updates.

  • Represent the Initiative by serving on internal and external technical and advisory teams.

  • Provide technical and other assistance for wildlife research and monitoring, conservation coordination, and management projects.

  •  Assist with adaptively managing the Initiative by monitoring programmatic activities and providing recommendations to adjust processes and products to better align with goals.

  • Participate in immediate resolutions for short-term and unexpected problems as they arise.

  • Although this is not a field position, there are opportunities for assisting with research and monitoring projects.

  • Occasional overnight travel associated with agency mission critical guidelines. This includes travel to conferences, meetings, training and other relevant activities.

  • Complete administrative duties such as vehicle reporting, purchase tracking, and travel forms in a timely manner.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the position:

  • Performance of these duties requires that the employee possess a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, ecology, conservation, or a natural resource conservation related field.

  • This position requires strong abilities to work in a team environment as well as the ability to work independently.

  • The employee must possess strong skills in leadership, partnership development and maintenance, administration, and organization including time and information management.

  • This position requires strong abilities to effectively communicate, verbally and in writing, and in promoting interpersonal relationships.

  • The employee must be experienced in the use of computers for word processing, information management, communications, and data management (ex. Microsoft suite).

  • The position requires strong abilities in project management, including managing budgets, contracts and grant agreements.

  • The employee must be able to apply technical and scientific knowledge to development and implementation of projects and issues; analyze, interpret, and explain complex technical issues regarding wildlife conservation activities; and interpret operational needs and develop integrated creative solutions.

  • The employee must be able to formulate coherent, effective policies and procedures and to incorporate biological, administrative, ethical, social, and political considerations in formulation of those policies and procedures.

  • The employee must be skilled at determining work priorities, eliciting cooperation as necessary to achieve objectives, and ensures proper completion of work assignments and program activities.

Broadband code: 19-1023-3

Class code: 5074

Region: North Central

Title: F&W Bio Scientist III

County: Columbia

Working hours: 8am – 5pm

List of any subordinates supervised: None

Residency requirement:

Level of Education- Bachelors degree in a life or physical science

No fingerprint investigation required.


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: Lake City

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