Florida softshell turtle, Apalone ferox, photo by J.D. Willson

Artificial Reef Scientist IV (77072668)

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Tallahassee, Florida
Closing Date
14 March 2018

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Division of Marine Fisheries Management, Artificial Reef Sub-section is seeking a research scientist. The selected candidate will work closely with another Biological Scientist IV and a Biological Administrator to manage grants and contracts for artificial reef development and research, compile, analyze and interpret biological data, implement assessments of artificial reef habitats and compile technical reports. This position is 100% funded through an annual grant to FWC from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. The person selected for this position will be required to regularly interact with individuals from within and outside the agency, as well as the general public.

The salary is $44,507.58 annually: $1,711.83 bi-weekly + benefits.


  • Serves on the Division of Marine Fisheries Management Dive Team to assess and develop reports on the performance/compliance of previously deployed artificial reef projects.
  • Manages and regularly validates and updates Florida’s Artificial Reef GIS Geodatabase. These include tracking artificial reef development activity state wide, maintaining accuracy by receiving updates from local artificial reef managers on any changes in condition and location of past reef deployments, tracking FWC funded dive monitoring activities, and reef fish census data.
  • Operates side scan sonar, towed video cameras, and other remote sensing equipment to characterize benthic habitat and validate artificial reef footprints.
  • Manages assigned artificial reef construction, monitoring, and research contracts with local coastal governments, select 501(c)(3) non-profit corporations and state universities.
  • Develops and maintains effective working relationships with other agency managers, state and federal regulatory staff, local coastal government managers, media, public and affected artificial reef stakeholders.
  • Assists in developing or revising rules, management plans, and other policy documents related to the artificial reef program.
  • Develops visual presentations and speaks at public meetings and workshops when required.
  • Assists in the development and monitoring of project work plans and budgets.
  • Operates/maintains project equipment including vehicles, boats, motors, trailers, and other field sampling equipment.
  • Courteously assists Commission constituents to resolve questions or problems and matters relating to the Commission or fish and wildlife conservation. Seeks to garner public support for agency objectives and programs by serving Florida's citizens in a positive and proactive manner.
  • Responsible for the timely and accurate processing and/or approval, as appropriate, of vendor invoices and warrants for payment of goods received or services rendered to avoid automatic interest penalty payments to said vendors.
  • Responsible for adhering to the provisions and requirements for Section 215.422.F.S., related State Comptroller's rules and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation invoice processing and warrant distribution procedures.
  • Courteously assists Commission constituents to resolve questions or problems they may have in matters relating to the Commission, its programs or fish and wildlife conservation generally. Seeks to garner public support for agency objectives and programs by serving Florida's citizens in a positive and proactive manner.

Minimum qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of four years of professional experience in life or physical sciences. A Master’s degree and two years of experience in life or physical sciences preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to use ArcGIS and other GIS–related software applications.
  • Skilled in SCUBA diving (advanced open water certification or higher preferred) and ability to obtain AAUS scientific diving certification through the Commission’s certification process.
  • Ability to work with the general public, public officials, regulatory agencies and local governments and to conduct communications in a tactful and courteous manner.
  • Knowledge of marine construction and contract management.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team situation with one or more individuals in strenuous field situations over multi-day periods and demonstrate ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in both a close-quarters field working environment and an office environment.
  • Ability to operate and trailer vessels up to 26’ in length.
  • Ability to successfully work independently on projects that involve coordination, monitoring, problem solving skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally, graphically, and in writing including production of formal technical and annual reports.
  • Knowledge of personal computers and related software (spreadsheet, database, data analysis, digital photo/video processing programs, etc.).
  • Ability to organize and prioritize workloads.
  • Ability to think critically and develop logical responses to problems.
  • Ability to identify Florida coastal marine fishes and major reef associated invertebrate taxa.
  • General knowledge of marine fisheries management issues relevant to Florida.
  • Ability to endure long work hours and extensive periods of time in the field.
  • Must be able to perform strenuous physical activities under arduous conditions (e.g. inclement weather, rough water), lift heavy equipment up to 50 lbs, and participate in heavy physical exertion while swimming or diving.
  • Must be willing and able to travel and work some overtime hours including occasional weekends, and weeknights.

Licensure and Certification:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid Florida driver’s license
  • Must possess SCUBA certification from a nationally recognized agency

To Apply:

Apply online at jobs.myflorida.com (position77072668). In addition to submitting an electronic State of Florida employment application and completing the qualifying questions, please attach a cover letter and up to date résumé. This letter should at minimum explain your interest in the specific organization and position and identify your most relevant skills or experiences. 

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