DESCRIPTION OF JOB DUTIES:
FWC seeks a dynamic individual to work at the interface between anglers and fisheries to manage, enhance, and promote fishing opportunity in South Florida aquatic resources. Candidates should possess strong skills and documentable experience in two or more of the following fields: fisheries science/management, aquatic ecology, natural resources management, research, conservation biology, environmental science, economics, communication, hydrology, aquatic habitat enhancement, entomology, ichthyology, socioeconomics, public policy, stakeholder engagement, engineering, statistics, modeling, human dimensions, aquaculture, and population dynamics.
Daily activities will include planning, collection, and analysis of biological data on freshwater fisheries within the South Florida ecosystem, including studies of marsh and canal fish communities and angler harvest surveys. You will be expected to develop and recommend alternative management strategies to ensure protection, restoration, and enhancement of fisheries and fisheries habitat of South Florida. You will plan and prepare work priorities, carry out activities, and evaluate work performance and progress toward meeting work objectives. Further, you will assist in the communication of the work conducted by the Freshwater Fisheries Management team through preparation of regularly scheduled administrative reports, technical reports for publication based on study activities, and informal pieces for a variety of media. Participation on inter- and intra-agency teams dealing with resource management issues effecting the region will be expected.
All FWC staff are expected to 1) courteously assist Commission constituents to resolve questions or problems relating to the Commission’s programs or fish and wildlife conservation; 2) seek to garner public support for agency objectives and programs by serving Florida’s citizens in a positive manner. Additionally, you will be responsible for timely and accurate processing of vendor invoices and warrants for payments of goods, and responsible for adhering to the provisions and requirements of Section 215.422, F.S. related to State Comptroller’s rules and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission invoice processing and warrant distribution procedures.
• Assists regional biological staff with the development and implementation of fisheries management goals related to South Region resources including but not limited to: stakeholder interaction, habitat enhancement, data analysis, applied fisheries sampling, coordinating with cooperators and other governmental agencies, and promotional and educational opportunities.
• Work with Freshwater Fisheries Research, Aquatic Habitat Restoration and Enhancement, and Invasive Plant Management personnel to design, permit, and accomplish habitat maintenance and improvement projects.
• Serves as the Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management representative on intra- and inter-agency groups.
• Assists in developing partnerships in aquatic resource management projects with federal, state and local agencies, and stakeholders.
• Establishes and maintains stakeholder contacts with anglers, fish camps, local governmental officials, tackle shop owners, fishing guides, outdoor media, fishing clubs, Non-Government Organizations (NGO’s), etc. to ensure effective, two-way communication relative to FWC programs and projects.
• Assesses freshwater fisheries resources utilizing established sampling methodologies and gear.
• Plan, lead, and complete data collection, compilation, management, and analysis.
• Drafting/editing of quarterly and annual reports.
• Supervise seasonal creel clerk(s).
• Operates/maintains boats, motors, trailers, and other sampling equipment.
Office hours are from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. EST, Monday through Friday.
This position requires periodic work time on weekends and evenings. Occasional overnight travel is required.
State of Florida Benefits Include:
• Health and Dental packages
• Supplemental Insurance options
• Paid Annual and Sick Leave
• Paid holidays (11)
• Participation in the Florida Retirement System
• Tax Deferred Investment Plan – Voluntary
• Health savings accounts and flexible spending accounts – Voluntary
• Free Basic Life Insurance benefit for $25,000 with additional options to increase
• Tuition Waiver
• Uniform Allowances
• Must possess and maintain a valid Florida driver’s license.
• 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 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.