State of Florida
Saint Cloud, Florida, US
May 16, 2021
Jun 03, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Requisition No: 363762

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Position Number: 77072810

Salary: $1,234.18 bi-weekly + benefits

Posting Closing Date: 06/06/2021

Working Title: Fisheries and Wildlife Biological Scientist II

Section : Wildlife and Habitat Management

Position number: 77072810

Salary: $1,234.18 bi-weekly + benefits

Address : 5285 North Kenansville Road, St. Cloud, FL 34771;

Supervisor: Melanie Mancuso

Description of duties:

An exciting opportunity exists for an entry-level Fish and Wildlife Biologist to join a team of biologists and technicians on Triple N Ranch and Herky Huffman Bull Creek Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) in Osceola County, FL. This position serves as a Fish and Wildlife Biological Scientist II on a highly productive team of land managers to restore and enhance habitats for the benefit of a variety of species and for the enjoyment of Florida residents and visitors. The successful candidate will be a key team member responsible for all aspects of management of the WMAs including application of ~12,000 acres of prescribed fire annually and conducting mechanical and chemical vegetation control (mowing, roller chopping, herbicide, etc.) to manage habitats. Habitat improvement is focused on imperiled and locally important species including, but not limited to, red-cockaded woodpecker, striped newt, northern bobwhite, white-tailed deer, and wild turkey. The successful candidate will assist with the operation of hunter check stations on the two WMAs to collect biological data of hunter harvested game.

Additionally, the position will assist with a variety of wildlife surveys for both game and non-game species including red-cockaded woodpeckers, northern bobwhite, white-tailed deer, and Bachman sparrows. This position assists the Lead Area biologist in all aspects of running the WMAs including purchasing, annual reports, data entry, GIS, and harvest reports. The incumbent will interact with various partner agencies and the public to provide information concerning wildlife and area management, rules and regulations. Occasionally the incumbent will attend regional and divisional meetings as well as various trainings as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of principles of ecology and wildlife management
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to plan and organize work assignments
  • Familiar with outdoor recreational activities
  • Skilled in the use of computer software, including Windows, Microsoft Office, and ArcGIS
  • Knowledge of wildlife and land management practices, such as prescribed burning and herbicide use for vegetation control
  • Ability to identify common and imperiled wildlife species
  • Ability to work outdoors under harsh conditions (heat, rain, biting insects, rough terrain, etc.)
  • Ability to write technical reports
  • Ability to operate four-wheel drive vehicles and ATVs

Broadband code: 19-1023-02

Class code: 5028

Region: Northeast

Title: Fisheries and Wildlife Biological Scientist II

County: Osceola

Working hours: 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday

List of any subordinates supervised: None

Residency requirement: Within a 25 mile radius of the Triple N Ranch or Bull Creek WMA entrance.

Level of Education: Bachelor of Science degree in a life or physical science

Benefits: Participate in Group health insurance

Other Requirements: Must have valid State of Florida driver's license.

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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