SECTION: Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management
TITLE: Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist III - 77001005
LOCATION: Lakeland, Florida
RATE OF PAY: $1,510.30 bi-weekly / $39,267.70 annually - plus benefits
CONTACT: Eric Johnson, Regional Fisheries Administrator
Southwest Regional Office
3900 Drane Field Road
Lakeland, FL 33811
DESCRIPTION OF JOB DUTIES:
This position is part of a regional team with FWC’s Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management (DFFM) and is located in Lakeland, FL. This position is primarily responsible for representing DFFM on freshwater fisheries and aquatic habitat issues concerning Lake’s Istokpoga, Placid, June-in-Winter, Josephine, Jackson and other waterbodies within Highlands County.
The incumbent will represent DFFM on the Lake Istokpoga Management Committee as well as participate with stakeholder group such as Friends of Istokpoga. Incumbent will facilitate the development of interagency partnerships, stakeholder relationships, and cooperative agreements with local governments in order to protect, manage, and enhance fisheries resources. Incumbent will establish and maintain stakeholder contacts with anglers, fish camps, local governmental officials, tackle shop owners, fishing guides, outdoor media, fishing clubs, NGOs, etc. to ensure effective, two-way communication with regard to FWC programs and projects. Incumbent will serve as DFFM representative on various intra- and inter-agency groups.
This position will also be responsible for the management of freshwater fisheries resources within FWC’s Southwest Region (12 counties) as needed. Management activities include fisheries sampling, water quality sampling, angler surveys, and aquatic habitat restoration activities.
The incumbent will coordinate with the Southwest Regional Freshwater Fisheries Administrator, Division of Fish and Wildlife Research Institute – Freshwater Fisheries Research (FWRI-FFR) staff and Division of Habitat and Species Conservation (HSC) staff to develop aquatic restoration, enhancement, aquatic plant management, and other projects that emphasize improving or maintaining sport fish populations, angler access or the creation of new fishing opportunities. Incumbent will coordinate with HSC - Aquatic Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Section staff as well as HSC - Invasive Plant Management personnel to maintain expertise in those areas and ensure that DFFM’s interests are considered when planning projects and other work.
The incumbent will help oversee the development of a Lake Istokpoga Habitat Management Plan in conjunction with stakeholders, FWRI-FFR and HSC staff. Design, supervise and implement biological studies on aquatic resources, implement agency established protocols to assess sportfish populations, compile, analyze and interpret biological data and compile technical reports. 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 incumbent will assist with agency outreach and promotional programs. Provides information to the public through presentations, publications, correspondence and media contacts. Coordinates with various user groups, cooperators and local and state agencies.
The incumbent will maintain and/or coordinate maintenance of agency equipment including vehicles, boats and trailers. Obtain bids for maintenance and/or construction projects and equipment repairs as needed.
The incumbent will assist in preparing required Division or Commission reports, budgets, technical papers and other reports as needed. Maintains understanding of current fisheries management techniques through literature research and attendance at conferences and seminars.
•Must possess and maintain a valid Florida's driver's license.
•A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a life or physical science.
•A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a life or physical science and two years of professional experience in a field or laboratory program; or
•A master's degree from an accredited college or university in a life or physical science, preferably in the fisheries/aquaculture sciences.
In addition to submitting a completed state application via People First, applicants are required to submit a current resume and cover letter highlighting their qualifications and interest in the position.