This position is part of a regional team with FWC’s Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management (DFFM) and is located in Lakeland, FL. Primary duties include but are not limited to managing Fish Management Area (FMA) waters in the community-based fishing program for high-quality accessible recreational fishing. Management entails fish population assessments, stocking, lake aeration, habitat improvements, angler access and outreach.
The selected candidate will be responsible for the management of freshwater fisheries resources in FWC’s Southwest Region (12 counties) as needed. This individual selected for this position will facilitate the development of interagency partnerships, stakeholder relationships and cooperative agreements with local governments to protect, manage and enhance fisheries resources.
The selected candidate 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 relative to FWC programs and projects. The incumbent will also serve as a DFFM representative on intra- and inter-agency groups.
This position will coordinate with the Regional DFFM Administrator, regional project staff and other agency staff to develop aquatic restoration projects, habitat enhancement activities, aquatic plant management activities and other projects that emphasize improving or maintaining freshwater sport fish populations, angler access or the creation of new fishing opportunities.
This position will be responsible for operating, the inventory of, maintaining, and procuring equipment such as boats, motors, trailers and other sampling equipment to ensure project field equipment is operational.
This position will also be responsible for oversight/coordination of agency outreach activities including presentations on divisional/agency programs, attending outdoor shows and community events, conducting fishing clinics/derbies and maintaining aquaria displays at the FWC’s state fair exhibit each year.
Duties of the incumbent also include: preparation and editing of technical reports, preparation of educational materials, public speaking engagements (technical sessions and general public), data collection/entry/analysis, creel surveys, fish kill investigations, literature searches and supervision of a Fisheries and Wildlife Biological Scientist I position.
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KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of Florida’s freshwater fish, fisheries, fish population dynamics, and fish management techniques.
Knowledge of freshwater aquatic plants and related management techniques.
Knowledge of aquatic habitat restoration techniques.
Knowledge of data analysis techniques relevant to fisheries biology.
Ability to develop new or revised habitat restoration or enhancement techniques based on system conditions.
Ability to work with internal and external personnel, managers, government officials, riparian landowners, and other stakeholders.
Must demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills to work with internal and external customers.
Ability to operate independently to achieve project objectives.
Skill in the operation of boats, outboard motors, trailers, etc.
Skill in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, database, data analysis, fish population analysis programs, etc.
Ability to design and conduct biological studies/surveys.
Ability to identify freshwater fish to species level.
Must possess and maintain a valid Florida driver’s license
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a life or physical science.
Must possess a valid boaters safety education identification card prior to operating any agency vessel. The selected employee must already possess a boater safety card or be willing and able to obtain one within 30 days of hiring.
A minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the biological sciences and two years of professional biological experience in a field or laboratory program; or,
A master's degree from an accredited college or university in one of the biological sciences and one year of professional biological experience in a field or laboratory program.
Experience with driving up to 1-ton trucks and trailers. Must communicate with the public effectively; work well as part of a team and with minimum supervision; possess good writing skills, and effectively communicate verbally.