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

Fisheries and Wildlife Biologist

Institution
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Location
Ocala, Florida
Closing Date
May 21, 2021

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is seeking a biologist. This is a full-time employment position that is eligible for all career service state employee benefits. The salary is $1,234.18 bi-weekly + benefits.

Responsibilities:

  • Serves as Assistant Regional Biologist in the Wildlife Diversity Conservation Section for the Northeast Region;
  • Works with the Regional Biologist to develop and conduct population survey and monitoring projects, management projects, and other conservation activities for state listed and other important non-game wildlife species across the region;
  • Conducts management actions on important wildlife areas including activities protecting designated Critical Wildlife Areas;
  • Works collaboratively with other agency staff members to assist with planning processes and address management issues;
  • Represents FWC in work with other agencies and organizations;
  • Serves as back-up to the Regional Biologist for regional issues when necessary;
  • Reviews permit applications that are received and writes biological opinions regarding impacts of proposed activities on listed species;
  • Assists with preparing proposals for grants to fund priority conservation projects;
  • Works to develop or enhance partnerships with other organizations to improve wildlife conservation;
  • Provides technical assistance to the public and other agencies regarding conservation of non-game wildlife;
  • Inputs or manages data, maintains equipment, and provides other administrative support for regional activities, as necessary.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications

  • B.S. degree in the biological sciences;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing;
  • Skilled in the use of computers for communications and information/data management;
  • Ability to work well with minimal supervision;  
  • Able to conduct moderately strenuous wildlife management and monitoring activities outdoors during the summer and other sometimes harsh conditions.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree in wildlife, ecology, natural resources, or similar discipline is preferred;
  • A graduate degree and 1 year of professional experience working on the ecology, conservation, or management of vertebrate or other non-game wildlife species is preferred;
  • Experience using ArcGIS;
  • Knowledge of important non-game wildlife species in north central Florida;
  • Experience developing wildlife survey and management projects;
  • An understanding of applicable federal and state laws, rules, and policies;
  • Demonstrated experience providing technical assistance and customer service to the public;
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working partnerships with other conservation agencies;
  • Ability to safely operate a variety of vehicles and equipment including GPS units, hand tools, 4WD vehicles, trailers, and boats up to 18 feet, along with an understanding of basic maintenance requirements for such equipment.

To Apply

Visit jobs.myflorida.com/job/OCALA-FISHERIES-&-WILDLIFE-BIO-SCIENTIST-II-77001079-FL-34471/742032000/. Please submit a resume and cover letter along with your application.

Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, applicants eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment and are encouraged to apply. However, applicants claiming Veterans' Preference must attach supporting documentation with each application 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. All documentation is due by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. For information on the supporting documentation required, click here. Applicants may fax their supporting documentation to People First at 1-888-403-2110.

FWC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace. 

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or the People First Service Center (1-877-562-7287). 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.

The State Florida hires only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers. If a conditional offer of employment is made, you will be required to provide identification and proof of citizenship and or authorization to work in the United States for the hiring authority to which applications is made. E-Verify will be used to confirm work authorization.

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. 

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