Integrates social science research into natural resource management actions that will enhance the mission of the FWC. This position will work to understand, through social science methods, how the FWC can seek and increase broad and thoughtful public investment in wildlife, fisheries and habitat conservation and management. Uses valid scientific methods to assess social perceptions of natural resource management, managers, research, and regulations. Creates and conducts research studies that will identify stakeholders, evaluate their values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors, and ensure results are applied in natural resource management decisions. Provides guidance and technical support to FWC on issues of human dimensions and incorporating social science methods into natural resource management and policy. Develops a range of materials that inform FWC on the human dimensions aspect of fisheries, wildlife, and natural resource management. Implements or creates methodologies to assess, track, and evaluate social response to implemented regulations and identifies areas of impact and success within the state. Aids in the development of effective communication strategies to support program objectives and science-informed management decisions. Aids in the development and implementation of stakeholder engagement approaches. Works with other HD specialists internally and in academia, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to conduct natural resource social science research. Understands, appreciates, and publishes new findings in peer-reviewed statistical journals. Reports to FWC Human Dimension Coordinator. Member of FWC Human Dimensions Standing Team. Performs other duties as assigned.
The formal education equivalent of a master’s degree in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Fisheries or Wildlife Management, Conservation Management, or related area. Candidate must have relevant experience with design, implementation, and analysis of qualitative and quantitative social science research information. Candidate must have strong analytical and writing skills, proficient in relevant programs and software necessary to effectively conduct research related to social science inquiry, effective communication skills, ability to work collaboratively with other scientists, and strong leadership skills. A cover letter and resume must be included with the application package in the Florida PeopleFirst system. Successful candidate will start late February 2018.