Black Bear Management Program Coordinator

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Multiple Options in Florida
Job Category
Full time Positions
$2,176.92 bi-weekly + benefits
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Description of Position & Duties: A Bear Management Program Coordinator will be hired to administer the state’s Bear Management Program which will involve implementing the strategies and actions identified in the Florida Black Bear Management Plan and setting priorities for bear conservation work consistent with Plan objectives. Communication of technical and non-technical information to the public, partner agencies, stakeholder groups, and the media will be required through the development of outreach materials, reports, white papers, trainings, and presentations, as well as responding to inquiries via email, telephone, social media, and in-person and through formal Public Information Requests. The position will implement the state's Human-Bear Conflict Response Policies and Guidelines and act as the black bear subject matter expert to coordinate the state’s response to incidents involving bears injuring people and to provide comments regarding the impacts of land use change proposals on bear conservation. Coordination of bear-related activities with agency sections, divisions, and offices and in particular with the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute will be required to ensure that management decisions are well informed by the best available science. Administration and personnel management duties will include direct supervision of three full-time staff, coordination of five other full-time staff in the program, and managing over 20 contractors who assist with field response to human-bear conflicts. Budget planning and management will be required, which includes funds for expenditures, employee salaries, contractor activities, and grants. The position will be expected to participate in and/or lead multi-division teams within the agency as well as regional and national professional groups addressing bear management issues. Residency Requirement: Tallahassee preferred but will consider other locations in Florida How to Apply: Application packets must be submitted through the State of Florida’s official employment site ( and should include a cover letter and resume in addition to the state application.
Level of Education & Experience: Bachelor’s degree required in environmental science, biology, or other natural resources field, five years of experience working with wildlife required, human-wildlife conflict experience preferred, two years of supervisory experience required. Graduate degree may substitute for some related professional experience. Experience working with stakeholder groups required. Proficiency in MS software applications - Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required, SharePoint preferred. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: • Ability to provide clear, timely, and effective updates to supervisor. • Ability to supervise multiple personnel remotely as well as in-person and adapt supervisory approach based on the needs of each individual to allow them to work to their highest professional level. • Knowledge of Florida black bear life history and principles of best practices for management. • Ability to work independently to plan, coordinate, and prioritize work assignments. • Ability to train staff, volunteers, and others with varying degrees of knowledge and ability to conduct bear management activities. • Ability to assign work and ensure proper completion of tasks in a timely manner. • Skilled at working as part of a team to accomplish tasks. • Ability to communicate and manage high-stress situations in a calm, organized, and professional manner. • Ability to analyze complex issues and problems and develop innovative, and effective solutions. • Skilled at working in a highly adaptive environment. • Ability to represent agency viewpoints without personal conflicts. • Ability to formulate coherent, effective policies and procedures and to incorporate biological, administrative, ethical, social, and political considerations in formulation of those policies and procedures. • Skilled at establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with staff, stakeholders, and the public to achieve conservation and management objectives. • Ability to work well with a variety of personalities and with persons of varied levels of understanding of wildlife conservation. • Ability to determine work priorities, elicit cooperation as necessary to achieve objectives, and ensure proper completion of work assignments and program activities. • Skilled at keeping up with and prioritizing multiple work-related tasks. • Ability to understand, comply with, and apply rules, policies, and procedures applicable to the conduct of a Commission employee and to the implementation and administration of a bear management program. • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing to individuals and groups with varying backgrounds on the topics. • Knowledge of current government policies and guidelines. • Ability to prepare technical and non-technical reports and articles. • Knowledge of correct English composition, grammar, and punctuation. • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships in working with others. • Ability to assess budgetary needs and to prepare and manage a progam-level budget. • Knowledge and skills in use of MS Office and SharePoint software programs.
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