Panama City Regional Biologist (Biological Scientist IV), Marine Fisheries Management, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission – Panama City, FL

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Panama City, Florida
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MUST SUBMIT APPLICATION VIA This position is with FWC’s Division of Marine Fisheries Management (DMFM), Analysis and Rulemaking section. The selected candidate will represent the DMFM in the Northwest Region. The person selected for this position will be required to regularly interact with individuals from within and outside the agency, including the general public. DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:  Represents DMFM in Northwest Florida, including as a member of internal and external teams in the region and at regional events.  Works closely with the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, the Division of Law Enforcement and other relevant FWC Divisions and Offices to identify and address marine fisheries issues.  Administers and manages a large oyster population restoration project in Apalachicola Bay, and supervises support staff on this project.  As a member of DMFM, works with management and research staff and the public to develop management recommendations for Commission consideration.  Reviews, synthesizes, and interprets relevant fisheries information (e.g., stock assessment results, life history information, regulation history, stakeholder feedback) to inform management recommendations and Commission rulemaking.  Develops technical papers and presentations, and participates in rulemaking process to help the Commission build a record in support of their decisions.  Assists in developing or revising rules, management plans, and other policy documents related to marine fisheries management.  Conducts public workshops on issues relating to Florida’s fisheries.  Coordinates with commercial and recreational fishers and other stakeholders to collect information about fishery management topics.  Serves as liaison with state and federal agencies on issues affecting Florida’s marine fisheries.  Provides support to supervisor, Section leader, and Division Director on special assignments as assigned.  Responds to public inquiries regarding marine fisheries issues, including but not limited to life history, license requirements, as well as rules and regulations in a timely manner.  Performs other marine fisheries and FWC-related work as required.
Minimum qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in fisheries, marine science, biology, or closely related field is required. Those with a master’s degree or PhD, or at least two years of work experience related to marine fisheries will be given preference. Must possess/obtain and maintain a valid Florida driver’s license if selected for position. PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of general biological principles, marine fisheries management, and marine fisheries issues and topics in Florida and the Gulf of Mexico; Understanding of stock assessment model results; Excellent communication skills (verbal and written); Ability to manage a workload including multiple projects with potentially short deadlines and be able to prioritize tasks and time accordingly; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse groups of people; Ability to use Microsoft software including Excel , PowerPoint and Word. Knowledge and experience in statistical data analysis is preferred. Ability to evaluate, analyze and organize marine resource (especially fisheries) information into a logical format for presentations, reports, and other written materials, and tailor materials to the appropriate audience, including the general public; Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
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