Fish & Wildlife Biological Scientist IV (Senior Gopher Tortoise Biologist – Florida)

Agency
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Location
Tallahassee, FL preferred; other locations considered
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
$1,763.39 bi-weekly + benefits
Last Date to Apply
11/21/2022
Website
https://jobs.myflorida.com/job/TALLAHASSEE-F&W-BIOLOGICAL-SCIENTIST-IV-77072928-FL-32399/953955900/
Description
This position works within the Wildlife Diversity Conservation Section (WDC) of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Division of Habitat and Species Conservation. This position serves in a critical role as a member of FWC’s gopher tortoise conservation program. The position ensures protections for gopher tortoises are applied throughout Florida and serves as the senior biologist for gopher tortoise permitting. The Senior Gopher Tortoise Conservation Biologist has the opportunity to work on a dynamic team and positively affect gopher tortoise conservation throughout Florida. This is a critical role in the Wildlife Diversity Conservation Section working to conserve Florida’s only native tortoise and serving as the lead subject matter expert for gopher tortoise conservation through permitting. This is an office-based position eligible for part-time telework and will have opportunities for field work. The main function of this role is to provide expertise and coordinate gopher tortoise permitting statewide. The Senior Gopher Tortoise Conservation Biologist is the lead permitting biologist tracking and providing support to the dedicated team of staff working collaboratively to achieve conservation goals for the species. This includes overseeing the gopher tortoise customer service team, facilitating team meetings, providing recommendations for improving gopher tortoise regulations and management, creating and maintaining training materials, training new staff, overseeing the processing of permit applications statewide, ensuring functionality of the online permit system, as well as reviewing, evaluating, and processing applications. The selected candidate will conduct site visits to areas protected for gopher tortoise conservation, determine habitat suitability for areas that could be protected in the future, review draft conservation easements and management plans, review reports, coordinate mitigation, serve as a backup for other biological staff as needed, and lead priority projects. The selected candidate will also serve a key role in shaping changes to Florida’s gopher tortoise conservation program, including development and implementation of a new online permitting system and expansion of areas protected for gopher tortoise conservation. The selected candidate will work across FWC divisions and with other federal, state, regional, and local agencies, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and others as appropriate to implement the gopher tortoise management plan. They will also assist and collaborate with regional and statewide staff and provide technical assistance to individuals, organizations, and other government agencies regarding wildlife and habitat management including gopher tortoise conservation. This position is responsible for informing and responding to the public, partners, and FWC staff on gopher tortoise and commensal biology, conservation, research, and rules and regulations. This position supervises three direct reports; two Gopher Tortoise Assistant Biologists and one Administrative Assistant. In addition to supervisory responsibilities, this position serves as a lead in implementing gopher tortoise permitting activities, a role which requires continual coordination with the dedicated staff outside of direct chain of command. The incumbent will stay informed of current and relevant science and regulations regarding gopher tortoises and commensals; participate in team meetings, seminars, outreach events, and workshops relating to wildlife resource management; and attend other training opportunities within and outside the FWC. Position may require occasional overnight travel and working outside of normal business hours.
Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications: - (Required) A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the biological sciences, prefer three years of professional biological experience in a field or laboratory program; or - (Preferred) a master's degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the biological sciences and two years of professional experience as described above. Knowledge, skills and abilities required for the position: - Ability to work independently and as part of a team - Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including technical writing skills - Demonstrated organizational skills - Biological knowledge - Data management skills, including experience with Excel - Basic website management skills - Ability to interpret and convey complex information to a broad audience - Strong interpersonal skills - Excellent customer service skills - Ability to interact with displeased or contentious members of the public in a professional, tactful, and courteous manner - Ability to manage time effectively and respond to inquiries efficiently - Ability to positively and effectively communicate with stakeholders and coworkers - Ability to work outdoors in potentially adverse conditions (heat, insects, etc.) Preferred qualifications include: - Experience working in wildlife conservation - Knowledge of gopher tortoise ecology and native habitats - Ability to identify native and nonnative Florida wildlife - Knowledge of the Florida listed species process, permitting, and wildlife conservation - Experience in communicating complex information to the public and responding to public inquiries - Experience with Salesforce and SharePoint - Field work experience - Experience in permitting Interested applicants can apply online at https://jobs.myflorida.com/job/TALLAHASSEE-F&W-BIOLOGICAL-SCIENTIST-IV-77072928-FL-32399/953955900/ Applicants should submit a technical writing sample, resume, and a cover letter highlighting their qualifications and expressing their interest in the position; applications that do not include these attachments will not be considered.
Contact Person
Andrea Sizemore
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