OPS Employment: This is an OPS (Other Personnel Services) position 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.
NOTE: Interested applicants should submit an application to the People First Vacancy 77905045. A cover letter describing the applicant’s experience, CV, and references should be submitted with the application.
Supervisor Emily Evans can be reached at Emily.Evans@MYFWC.COM
Description of duties: Seeking a dedicated biologist with a strong background in shorebird and seabird (shorebird) conservation to serve as a Regional Shorebird Biologist for a 16-county region of northwest Florida. The primary responsibility of this position is overseeing the implementation of shorebird and seabird conservation actions locally, regionally, and in some cases, statewide:
Work with local governments, landowners, and resource managers to improve conservation of shorebirds (habitat management, habitat creation, predator management, posting) through outreach, technical assistance, recognition, etc.
Supervise predation management and Critical Wildlife Area program staff in the Northwest Region.
- Oversee the implementation of regional predation management including prioritization and contracting predator control agents.
- Work with partners to ensure high-priority sites are posted; Fill in monitoring gaps as needed.
- Monitor the Florida Shorebird Database during nesting season and communicate issues/deficiencies to the Partner Data Quality Manager.
- Work with partners to problem-solve controversial regional issues, especially those with potential regulatory consequences (fireworks, beach driving, local landowners protesting posting of nesting areas).
- Improve the effectiveness of law enforcement efforts by developing and delivering annual training to law enforcement staff.
- Engage in coastal engineering permitting issues, permit reviews, developing guidelines & conditions, improving permit compliance, and participating in relevant environmental commenting.
- Provide scientific support and aid in implementation of statewide conservation initiatives such as the Florida Beaches Habitat Conservation Plan.
- Assist with the development of Biological Status Reviews and otherwise assist with the imperiled species listing process.
- Implement habitat management, creation, and restoration projects.
- Assist with shorebird research and survey projects.
- Be an active participant in regional partnership meetings and, where there is a leadership gap, serve as lead or co-lead.
- Participate in regional/national conservation efforts, partnerships, flyway-wide efforts.
Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: B.S. degree in wildlife or related natural resource management (M.S. preferred); a minimum of 3 years professional experience in similar field; shorebird/seabird conservation expertise; strong data management skills; strong written and communication skills; people-oriented, outgoing personality, highly diplomatic, enjoys engaging with partners and stakeholders; independent and self-directed; prefer candidates proficient in boating, trailer hauling, and ATV operation.