State of Florida
Eustis, Florida, US
May 07, 2021
May 14, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Requisition No: 353681

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Position Number: 77000906

Salary: $36,818 Annually

Posting Closing Date: 05/12/2021


Job Description:

This position functions as a project biologist conducting freshwater fisheries research and monitoring throughout the state with a focus on the Harris Chain of Lakes in central Florida. We are seeking to hire a motivated biologist to join a research team that provides information to local and statewide fisheries managers. Incumbent will be responsible for the collection, analysis and reporting of biological and limnological data.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Biologist will assist in collection, evaluation and documentation of fisheries and physical and chemical data for a statewide long-term monitoring program using electrofishing, trawls, and roving creel surveys.
  • Work will also include data entry, analysis, report writing, and processing samples in the laboratory (e.g., otoliths, diets).
  • Successful candidates will assist project biologists with ongoing research, such as largemouth bass stocking evaluations, studies evaluating sportfish regulation changes, bass tournament release mortality, fish attractor research, trophy bass radio telemetry, habitat enhancement evaluations, and plant management/water quality investigations.
  • This position will be expected t to propose and lead research studies that result in manuscripts for publication in scientific journals and/or presentations at professional or public meetings.
  • Expected to build professional relationships with fisheries managers and researchers to expand and enhance interdisciplinary knowledge.
  • Coordinate and perform maintenance and repair of field and lab equipment.
  • Assist with training and supervision of seasonal technicians and volunteers.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skill(s), and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of Florida's freshwater fisheries, fish population dynamics, and fish management techniques.
  • Knowledge of freshwater aquatic plants and related management techniques.
  • Knowledge of research study design for fisheries applications.
  • Knowledge of data analysis techniques relevant to fisheries biology.
  • Skill in the use of scientific laboratory and field equipment.
  • Skill at oral and written communication including both technical and popular outreach.
  • Skill in the safe operation of vehicles, boats, outboard motors, trailers, etc.
  • Skill in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, database, data analysis, fish population analysis programs.
  • Ability to plan, organize, coordinate, and prioritize work assignments.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to perform quantitative analysis of fisheries data.
  • Ability to operate independently to achieve project objectives.
  • Ability to design and complete biological studies/surveys.
  • Ability to demonstrate strong leadership skills.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the biological sciences and one year 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.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS' PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply. Candidates claiming Veterans' Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. Veterans' Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.

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