This position administers the state’s Florida Panther Management Program under the purview of the Imperiled Species Management Section and is located at the Big Cypress Field Office in Naples, Florida. The incumbent would serve as the Panther Team Leader coordinating with FWC Panther Program Research staff on all aspects of the Panther Program.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: the supervision, mentoring and evaluation of management program staff, assisting with review and recommendations for development permits that may have potential effects to Florida panthers and their habitat, provides support and guidance for habitat conservation and restoration efforts, builds and maintains relationships with a variety of stakeholders, develops and manages contracts and grants, and conducts education and outreach to the public. This position will also implement and periodically revise the Florida Panther Management Work Plan; provide budget administration, planning and reporting for the panther program; and assist in occasional field work and wildlife conflict response. Additionally, the person serving in this position may also represent the FWC on various FWC issue teams, at public meetings, administrative hearings and Commission meetings and will regularly coordinate with other fish and wildlife professionals external to the agency including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This position also coordinates panther related activities with other agency sections, divisions, and offices and in particular with the FWC’s Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute to ensure that management decisions are well informed by the best available science. Will serve as Acting Section Leader as needed.
- A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the biological or physical sciences and four years of professional biological experience in a field or laboratory program; or
- A master's degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the biological sciences and three years of professional experience; or
- A doctorate from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the biological sciences.
The FWC considers stakeholder engagement essential for managing wildlife programs and the ability to work well with stakeholders is very important for this position. Strong interpersonal skills are required to lead, supervise, and mentor staff, and to work with partners and stakeholders. Strong administrative, organizational, and budget management skills are required to manage multiple projects, and budgets. A solid foundation of conservation biology or wildlife management and the motivation and initiative to quickly develop and apply the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities listed in this JOA are required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of Florida panther or puma biology and their habitats specifically, and a broad knowledge of wildlife science and ecology;
Ability to understand and apply applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures;
Ability to work independently and on teams;
Effectively communicate (orally and in writing);
Knowledge of the terminology, principles, and techniques used in biological research, analysis or testing regarding natural sciences.
Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work assignments;
Ability to lead, supervise and determine work priorities, assign work and ensure proper completion of assignments and meet deadlines;
Ability to write technical reports and agency correspondence;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with agency staff, the public and stakeholders;
Knowledge of government processes and procedures;
Ability to problem-solve and handle conflict with professionalism; and
Ability to safely operate vehicles.
Limited overnight travel, sometimes out of state may be required.
Qualified candidates will need to be detail-oriented, self-motivated, and have good time management skills to succeed in the position.
Skills and knowledge in MS Office, MS SharePoint, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Google Earth and ArcGIS are also necessary.
1. Possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver’s License.
2. Statewide travel is required to perform the duties of this position (1-25%)