TITLE: Biological Scientist II
SECTION: Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management, Northwest Regional Fish Management Section
LOCATION: Blackwater Fisheries Research and Development Center
8384 Fish Hatchery Rd.
Holt, FL. 32564
SALARY: $1,338.55 biweekly plus benefits
CONTACT: Christopher J. Paxton | email@example.com
DESCRIPTION OF JOB DUTIES:
FWC seeks a dynamic individual to work at the interface between anglers and aquatic resources to manage, enhance, and promote fishing opportunity in Northwest Florida. 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/restoration, entomology, ichthyology, socioeconomics, public policy, stakeholder engagement, engineering, statistics, modeling, human dimensions, aquaculture, and population dynamics.
Maintain and assist in the collection of qualitative and quantitative data of fisheries populations, aquatic plant communities, and water quality on six intensively managed lakes.
Keep earthen impoundment dams mowed by tractor and mowing deck equipment and maintain the physical appearance of all six earthen impoundment structures.
Assists regional biological staff with the development and implementation of fisheries management goals related to Northwest Region resources including but not limited to stakeholder interaction, habitat enhancement, data analysis, applied fisheries sampling, techniques, and science, coordinating with cooperators and other governmental agencies, and promotional and educational opportunities.
Work with Division of Freshwater Fisheries Research, Habitat and Species Conservation’s Aquatic Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Section and Invasive Plant Management Section personnel to design, permit and accomplish habitat maintenance and improvement projects.
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.
Data compilation, management, and analysis.
Drafting/editing of quarterly and annual reports.
Operates/maintains habitat-barge vessel, electro-fishing boats, creel survey boats, outboard motors, trailers, and all other required sampling equipment.
Office hours are from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. CST, Monday through Friday.
This position requires travel up to 25% and work time outside of regular scheduled hours.
Health and Dental packages
Supplemental Insurance options
Paid Annual and Sick Leave
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
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 in a life or physical science.
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and two years of relevant professional experience in a field or policy program; or
A master's degree from an accredited college or university in a relevant field.
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.