Description of duties: THIS IS AN OPS POSITION. IT IS NOT CAREER SERVICE.
The FWC’s Northeast Region is seeking a highly motivated candidate to serve as a OPS Biological Scientist III leading and assisting with prescribed burn programs on the Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Split Oak Wildlife Environmental Area (WEA), and the Indian River County Public Shooting Range and assisting other WMAs as needed throughout the region. The selected candidate will coordinate with area managers to ensure all burn units are fully prepped, through disking firelines, mechanically prepping fireline edges, and various other mechanical and chemical treatments to prepare units for prescribed burns. Position will also coordinate and conduct post burn actions, including mop-up operations and burn evaluations on designated areas. As time permits, candidate will assist with other habitat maintenance, enhancement and restoration activities including mechanical and chemical treatment of vegetation on assigned areas and wildlife monitoring. Job duties will also include coordinating with other Divisions and Sections within FWC and with various partner agencies and organizations to complete management tasks on assigned areas.
This position will assist with the development of annual work plans, budget proposals, project specifications, and reports. In addition, the applicant will interact professionally with the public and partners providing accurate information concerning wildlife and area conditions. Occasional travel is required to attend regional and divisional meetings and trainings.
Level of Education: Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in a life or physical science
Other Requirements: Must possess or obtain a valid Florida driver’s license.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Incumbent must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and leadership skills, be able to work well with team members and interact positively with stakeholders and cooperators. Must have knowledge of the principles of fire ecology and applied experience with application of prescribed fire: experience with application of prescribed fire in and near the wildland urban interface is preferred.
Other required knowledge, skills and abilities include:
knowledgeable in principles of wildlife ecology and habitat management
knowledge and experience with chemical or mechanical control of invasive exotic vegetation
knowledge and experience in supervising multiple team members
knowledge of the common and imperiled species of Florida
knowledge of outdoor recreational activities
proficient with Windows and Microsoft Office applications
knowledge of ArcGIS and GPS and its application to land management and surveys
ability to work both as part of a team and independently
ability to work outdoors under harsh conditions (heat, rain, biting insects, rough terrain, etc.)
ability to operate 4WD vehicles, ATVs, tractors and various implements
ability to plan and prioritize work assignments and multi-task