Manatee Protection Plan Coordinator

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
Tallahassee, FL
Job Category
Full time Positions
$1,763.38 bi-weekly
Last Date to Apply
This position is located in the Imperiled Species Management Section (ISM) and is responsible for the coordinating with federal and county partners during periodic reviews of existing County-wide Manatee Protection Plans (MPPs) and the development of new Manatee Protection Plans. This position will assist with coordinating manatee management data collection efforts, analyses of available data for implementation of MPPs and setting up state-wide MPP coordination meetings with county representatives. Responsibilities will also include oversight of the Section’s Water-Control Structure and Navigational Locks program to reduce manatee deaths due to the operation of these structures. Coordination with agency representatives during manatee incident reviews as necessary and organizing the annual meeting of the Interagency Water-Control Structure Working Group will be duties of this position.
Specific Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to: Develops county-specific Manatee Protection Plans (MPP) and boat-facility siting plans, including review and updates to existing plans; Coordinates discussions for new and existing MPP development with agency leadership, federal partners, and local governments; Serves as subject matter expert for MPP boat-facility siting plans and provides support to other Section staff engaged in environmental permit review for boat facilities; Maintains record of MPP development history, slip inventory, and county-specific agreements; Coordinates data collection activities, conducts data analyses, and regular monitoring of available data including, budget and contract management, interpretation data and development of recommendations for MPPs. Serves as a liaison with agency partners; Performs field and site visits related to MPP development as necessary; Works in coordination with, and provides technical assistance to, agency and private managers in development of manatee protection measures for water-control structures and navigational locks; Assists with the creation, maintenance and quality control of shapefiles, layers and geodatabases, develop maps and data summaries using ArcGIS, GoogleEarth, MS Access and MS Excel for management purposes; May attend and represent the FWC at government meetings, public meetings, administrative hearings, and Commission meetings; Participates in habitat restoration, necropsies, and other miscellaneous field work assignments as needed; and Assists with webpage development, outreach, and administrative duties as needed. Knowledge, skills and abilities: This position requires administrative, communication, and computer skills, and the review, evaluation, interpretation, and defense of biological data. Previous experience with Florida manatee management or research programs and/or the state or federal environmental regulatory programs, including policy development, is highly preferred. Knowledge of terminology, scientific method, principles, and techniques used in biological research, analyses or testing; Knowledge of the methods of data collection, particularly for imperiled or listed species; Ability to perform quantitative analyses of scientific data; Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work assignments to meet deadlines; Must communicate effectively verbally and in writing; Ability to write technical reports, data analyses, and agency correspondence; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with agency staff, the public, and stakeholders; Ability to work independently and on teams; Qualified candidates will need to be detail-oriented, self-motivated, and have good time management skills to succeed in the position. Proficiency in MS software applications: Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required, and Google Earth Pro, ArcGIS 10.5+, ArcGIS Pro, or ArcGIS Online, SharePoint preferred. Limited statewide travel is required.
Contact Person
Michelle Pasawicz
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