Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist IV – FWC

Requisition No: 54394 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Position Number: 77000872 

Posting Closing Date: 03/11/2019 

Anticipated Vacancy

Information: Only electronic applications accepted.

Annual Salary: $49,327 Annually + Benefits

Title: Southwest Region Public Hunting Areas Biologist (Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist IV)

Location: Lakeland (Location TBD)

Supervisor: Paul Scharine


Duties and Responsibilities: 

This is a Career Service position responsible for developing rules and rule-related publications and coordinating with cooperators and stakeholders with regard to public hunting and other public use on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), Wildlife and Environmental Areas (WEAs) and Public Small Game Hunting Areas (PSGHAs). This position will coordinate closely with the Regional Wildlife Biologist and other Regional/WMA staff to administer public hunting and public use programs in the region.

The incumbent:

Coordinates the process for securing input from agency/WMA cooperators regarding public hunting and other public uses on all WMAs, WEAs and PSGHAs. Compiles input and works with Regional/WMA staff to resolve problems and / or develop rule change proposals as necessary. Works with the Regional Director to develop rule change proposals submitted via the public input process. Coordinates with other FWC Divisions, Offices and Institutes (DOIs) to develop communication strategies to prepare and distribute information that will effectively promote hunting opportunities; raise awareness of programs, activities, and new rules; and improve acceptance of hunting rules and regulations.

Coordinates with cooperators, hunters and other stakeholders to facilitate open communication, implement new hunting opportunities and resolve problems associated with public hunting programs and/or rules on WMAs, WEAs and PSGHAs. Coordinates with Regional/WMA staff to conduct workshops and other meetings with cooperators, stakeholders and organized stakeholder groups when and where necessary to address hunting-related issues. Develop and implement effective communication strategies targeting FWC staff, particularly field staff, across all FWC DOIs, to fully inform staff of new hunting opportunities. 

Is responsible for developing hunting-related publications including brochures/maps for WMAs and other public hunting areas. Coordinates the review and editing of other hunting-related documents such as quota hunt and special-opportunity hunt applications and the statewide hunting regulations manual. 

Coordinates with administrative staff to develop and maintain contracts, leases and cooperative agreements that facilitate hunting programs on public hunting areas in the Southwest Region. 

Performs other related work as assigned.


The Commission expects its employees to be courteous and respectful while assisting Commission customers and stakeholders, ensuring each encounter is as positive as possible.

Employees should promptly resolve questions or problems relating to the Commission, its programs and/or fish and wildlife resources. Employees should seek to gain public support for agency objectives and programs by serving Florida’s citizens in a positive and proactive manner and by listening to what the customer wants and striving to meet their needs. When appropriate, employees will explain the reasons for agency actions or decisions while communicating a consistent FWC point-of-view.

The incumbent is responsible for following the provisions and requirements in Section 215.422, Florida Statutes, related to the Comptroller’s rules and FWC’s invoice processing and warrant distribution procedures.

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:

  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing, and establish and maintain effective working relationship with others.

  • Ability to work and make appropriate decisions independently.

  • Ability to analyze complex issues and problems and develop innovative, efficacious solutions.

  • Skills and knowledge of Geographic Information Systems sufficient to maintain and update basic property maps

  • Ability to determine work priorities, elicit cooperation as necessary to achieve objectives and ensure proper and timely completion of program assignments and activities.

  • Ability to understand, comply with, and apply rules, policies, and procedures applicable to the conduct of a Commission employee.

  • Knowledge of correct English composition, grammar, and punctuation.

  • Ability to use computer word-processing, spreadsheet, and database software.

Title: Southwest Region Public Hunting Areas Biologist

Broadband code: 19-1023-4

Class code:  5075

Region: Southwest

County: Polk

Working hours: 8-5; M-F

List of any subordinates supervised: None

Residency requirement: None

Minimum Qualifications: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the biological sciences and five years of professional biological experience. A master’s degree in wildlife science, natural resource management, ecology, or similar with five years of professional biological experience is 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.

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: Lakeland

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