OPS Biological Scientist III – 77904004 – Florida

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Ocala, Florida 34471
Job Category
Full time Positions
$18.21 Hr.
Last Date to Apply
The Species Conservation Planning Section (SCP) is seeking to fill a Biologist III position to assist the Section’s Avian Conservation Coordinator with activities to address avian conservation issues and assist with developing and implementing projects for listed and other important avian species as part of the Agency’s Imperiled Species Management Program.

Responsibilities and duties will include: Assisting with coordination of avian conservation activities across the agency and with external partners and stakeholders; Serving as a liaison across FWC work units to promote avian conservation efforts; Developing and maintaining partnerships for avian conservation; Providing technical expertise and assistance to FWC staff and the public for conservation and management issues and for regulatory issues and rules; Assisting with applying for and administering grants needed to fund conservation projects; Working on various FWC teams as needed; Managing data and maintaining databases; Conducting surveys for listed and at-risk species; and Compiling and summarizing data and literature and preparing final reports.

Perform various administrative tasks associated with agency operations. Duties include preparing and reviewing itineraries, travel vouchers, purchasing forms, vehicle operation reports, performance expectations, and other routine administrative reports. Perform similar or other tasks as assigned, as well as recommended training to enhance and maintain professional development and skills.

Knowledge of population ecology and biology principles; wildlife science and conservation principles; avian ecology; Florida’s fish and wildlife, particularly birds; and applicable federal and state laws, rules, and policies. Skills in problem solving; in the use of computers for word processing, data management, communications, and ArcGIS. Strong writing skills. Strong time management and information management skills. Abilities to collaborate effectively and develop partnerships with other agency staff members, partners, and stakeholders to achieve desired results; to communicate effectively both in writing and verbally; to efficiently organize information and details and manage multiple projects; to work independently with minimal supervision; to collect biological data; to conduct moderately strenuous wildlife management and monitoring activities outdoors; to safely operate vehicles; and to travel overnight to complete job tasks.

The successful applicant will be enthusiastic and self-motivated to complete quality work on time and will demonstrate strong leadership and communication abilities together with strong abilities to develop and carry out projects with minimal supervision and to also work as an effective team member when assisting on other projects.

NOTE: Interested applicants should submit their application to the People First Vacancy. To be considered for this position, an application must be submitted via the myflorida.com job site, and should include a cover letter describing the applicant’s experience with wildlife and/or natural resource planning, conservation and management, particularly as it relates to the duties described.

OPS Employment Description: The position is OPS (Other Personnel Services) which means that employees are paid for the number of hours they work. OPS employees do not receive any form of paid leave, paid holidays, or participation in the Florida Retirement System. OPS employees do have the option to receive health insurance benefits.

Working hours: 8am-5pm, 40 hours per week, work hours may vary.
Level of Education: Minimum of 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 fields described is preferred.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.
Contact Person
Craig Faulhaber
Contact Phone
(352) 732-1225
Contact eMail
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