The Wildlife Diversity Conservation Section is seeking to fill a Lead Beach Mouse Monitoring Biologist position to work on a 6-year, multi-agency, grant-funded project to restore coastal dunes at multiple sites across northwest Florida. This position serves as a key team member who will have a lead role in directing and implementing monitoring activities for beach mouse populations to assess the effectiveness of the dune restoration work that is conducted for this project. The individual selected for this position will have the opportunity to significantly impact conservation outcomes for these highly imperiled wildlife species. This position provides a great opportunity to work creatively with diverse partners and stakeholders to address unique conservation challenges.
Other responsibilities and duties will include: Designing, conducting and supervising field surveys to accurately assess changes in the distribution and abundance of beach mice before and after dune restoration. Providing technical expertise and assistance to FWC staff, partners, and the public regarding beach mice and the dune restoration project. Using current standard analysis methods to assess the status of small mammal populations. Compiling, managing, and archiving data collected during the project. Writing technical reports and peer-reviewed documents describing significant project results. Ensuring the mammal monitoring work proceeds on schedule and in coordination with other parts of the dune restoration project. Complying with regulatory requirements. Using GIS to identify survey sites and track project activities as necessary. Coordinating effectively with external partners and contractors working on other facets of the project.
Education: Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences is required. A degree in wildlife science, natural resource management, ecology, or similar is preferred. A Master’s degree in one of the listed fields is preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of population ecology, wildlife science, and conservation biology, current methods for monitoring or assessing the distribution and abundance of wildlife populations, as well as Florida’s wildlife, particularly mammals, and applicable federal and state conservation laws and policies. Knowledge of appropriate and accepted mammal survey techniques. Demonstrated experience conducting surveys for small mammals. Knowledge of coastal dune systems preferred.
Skills: Well-developed problem-solving skills. Excellent all-around computer skills and proficiency with the suite of Microsoft programs and ArcGIS software. Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communications skills including an ability to write concisely, express thoughts clearly, and an ability to prepare and present information through public speaking activities involving diverse stakeholder participation is preferred. Excellent skills in time management and data management.
Abilities: Enthusiastic and self-motivated to complete quality work on time. Strong ability to work independently with minimal supervision when appropriate, while also serving as an effective team player with strong interpersonal and communication skills who is able to work effectively in a collaborative team environment on multiple tasks with varying deadlines. Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently organize information and details and manage multiple tasks. Ability to work effectively with other agency staff members, partners, and stakeholders. Ability to collect, manage, and analyze biological data regarding wildlife populations and to evaluate processes and outcomes and adapt approaches accordingly. Ability to conduct wildlife management and monitoring activities outdoors, to safely operate vehicles, to work in sometimes difficult field conditions, including at night, and to travel overnight as needed.
Licensure Requirements: Valid Florida Driver’s License
Working hours: 8am-5pm, 40 hours per week, work hours may vary.
OPS Employment Description: This is an OPS (Other Personnel Services) position. Employees in OPS positions have the option to receive health insurance benefits. OPS employees are paid for the number of hours they work, do not receive any paid leave, paid holidays, or participation in the Florida Retirement System.
To apply: Submit an application for Position Number 77902412 through the State’s People First system (https://jobs.myflorida.com/). In addition, please attach a resume and a cover letter. This letter should explain your interest in this specific position and describe your most relevant qualifications for the position. The closing date is Nov. 30th, 2020.
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