Rate of Pay: $18.77 / hour
Broadband code: 19-1023-2
Class code: 5028
Title: OPS - Fisheries and Wildlife Biological Scientist II
City: Punta Gorda
Working hours: 8am – 5pm; maximum allowable hours per year: 1,920
List of any subordinates supervised: N/A
Description of duties: THIS IS AN OPS+ POSITION. IT IS NOT CAREER SERVICE.
An exciting opportunity exists for an entry-level Fish and Wildlife Biologist to join a team of employees within the Wildlife and Habitat Management Section of FWC. FWC’s Southwest Region is seeking a motivated applicant that is willing and able to work outdoors in a variety of conditions throughout the year in fulfillment of their job responsibilities. Primary responsibilities will include direct involvement with Florida Forest Service assisting in the development and implementation of management programs for the Babcock Ranch Preserve as well as the monitoring and management of a red-cockaded woodpecker population.
This position is also responsible for the accomplishment of Commission-planned activities such as the following: controlled burning, roller chopping, resource inventories, road repairs, fence maintenance, public hunt management, implementation of a multi-tiered hunting program, proposing regulations based on sound biological and sociological principles to control activities on the area, identification and protection of endangered species and habitats, and documentation, recommendation and administration of eradication programs for exotic plant and animal species to ensure ecosystem integrity.
Job duties will further include providing assistance with the development and periodic revision of long-range, comprehensive management plans, and will also include providing input and review for the preparation of programs, annual work plans, budget proposals, area regulations, brochures and reports.
Level of Education: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the biological sciences and two years of professional biological experience in a field or laboratory program; or a master's degree from an accredited college or university in one of the biological sciences and one year of professional experience as described above (a specific degree in wildlife management/science/conservation/ecology is strongly recommended).
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Incumbent must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to work well with team members and members of the public.
Other required knowledge, skills and abilities include knowledge of the following:
• Wildlife ecology
• Game management
• Ability to climb ladders up to 50’
• Ability to read color bands
• Ability to use chainsaws and hand tools
• Ability to write technical reports
• Wildlife and habitat survey and inventory knowledge
• Ability to work outdoors under inclement weather conditions
• Ability to identity common and imperiled species
• Ability to work productively unsupervised
• Ability to design statistically sound projects
• Strong GIS skills
• Strong leadership skills
• Strong interpersonal skills to effectively interact with cooperators, coworkers and constituents