The FWC’s Northeast Region is seeking a highly motivated candidate to serve as the Lead Area Biologist on the 65,333 acres Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Osceola County, Florida. This position is in the Wildlife and Habitat Management Section and is responsible for habitat management and restoration activities including the application of prescribed fire, mechanical treatments, and exotic plant management throughout the area. The position will lead a team of 8 full-time employees as well as several seasonal positions to accomplish FWC objectives on the WMA. The successful candidate will lead an active prescribed burn team that burns approximately 18,000-20,000 acres per year to maintain and restore a variety of natural communities including mesic and wet flatwoods and dry and wet prairie to benefit game, non-game, and imperiled wildlife and plant species. This position will coordinate with other sections within FWC and partner agencies to assist with recovery efforts of the critically endangered Florida grasshopper sparrow. This position leads active monitoring programs for threatened and locally important species including Bachman’s sparrow, northern bobwhite, bats, and red-cockaded woodpecker. Job duties will also include planning, development, and maintenance of projects facilitating public recreational opportunities including public hunt management, infrastructure establishment and maintenance, and other land management tasks as needed.
This position is responsible for assisting with the development and periodic revision of long-range, comprehensive management plans, annual work plans, budget proposals, project specifications, area regulations, and reports. In addition, the applicant will interact professionally with the public and partners providing accurate information concerning wildlife, area conditions, rules, and regulations. Occasional travel is required to attend regional and divisional meetings and trainings.
Incumbent must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and leadership skills, be able to work well with team members, and interact positively with stakeholders and cooperators. Experience with prescribed fire is preferred but not required.
Other required knowledge, skills and abilities include:
knowledgeable in principles of wildlife ecology and habitat management
knowledge of the common and imperiled species of Florida
knowledge of the principles of fire ecology and experience with the application of prescribed fire
knowledge and experience with chemical or mechanical control of invasive exotic vegetation
knowledge and experience in supervising multiple team members
experience conducting wildlife surveys and summarize biological data
knowledge of outdoor recreational activities including hunting and fishing
proficient with Windows and Microsoft Office applications
knowledge of ArcGIS and GPS and its application to land management and surveys
ability to work both as part of a team and independently
ability to work outdoors under harsh weather conditions
ability to operate 4WD vehicles and ATVs
ability to plan and prioritize work assignments and multi-task