BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST II - 37002228 1

Employer
State of Florida
Location
Bristol, Florida, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jun 04, 2021
Closes
Jun 12, 2021
Ref
2213499591
Discipline
Restoration
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Salary
Requisition No: 386601

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST II - 37002228 1

Position Number: 37002228

Salary: 30,988.62

Posting Closing Date: 06/10/2021

DIVISION OF RECREATION AND PARKS

JOB OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT

Pack Test Position

CLASS TITLE:

Biological Scientist II

POSITION NUMBER:

37002228

BASE SALARY:

$30,988.62 Annually

LOCATION:

Torreya State Park

2576 NW Torreya Park Road

Bristol, FL 32321

CONTACT:

Jason Vickery, Park Manager

Torreya State Park

(850) 643-2674

CLOSING DATE:

June 10th 2021

ADVERTISING METHOD: X INTERNAL EMAIL X PEOPLE FIRST SYSTEM X EXTERNAL

Torreya State Park is named for one of the worlds rarest trees the Torreya Taxifolia which was discovered by botanist John Torrey. The park plays a critical role in preserving unique plant and animal species and natural communities that are of regional importance, and protecting the water quality of the Apalachicola River, which feeds the productive Apalachicola Bay. The park's high plateaus, steep bluffs and deep ravines are covered with a forest that harbors a variety of rare and endemic plants and animals, many of which are more common farther north than this location. Torreya State Park is 14,108 acres and is 14 miles North of Bristol, Florida

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

Torreya State Park has an opportunity available for a self-motivated, hardworking individual to fill a Biological Scientist II position, providing resource management, biological, interpretive, and environmental analysis.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

This position provides biological, resource management, interpretive, and environmental analysis support to Torreya State Park as well as other Florida State Parks. Compliance with the processing requirements of Chapter 215.422, F.S. is mandatory. Persistent failure to comply with this section by any agency of the state shall constitute good cause for discharge of employees duly found responsible, or predominantly responsible, for failure to comply.

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

Plan and implement natural community restoration, through offsite timber harvest, replanting of longleaf pine and herbaceous species, prescribed burning, and exotic species removal to restore ecosystem integrity with consideration of listed species associated with those communities. Inventory and monitor listed species and manage those populations with the goal of recovery with attention to Torreya taxifolia, Taxus floridana, and Conradina glabra. Manage restoration funds allocated to the Park and seek additional funding through grant opportunities. Consult with the park manager and district staff of effects of facility development on natural and cultural resources. Advise on preservation of historical and archaeological sites. Coordinate with other government and non-government groups as necessary.

INTERPRETIVE

Gather scientific and technical reports, attend conferences and meetings to guide restoration and listed species recovery as well as provide other information about park natural and cultural resources for use in interpretive talks, brochures, exhibits, tour spiels and other forms of interpretive information.

Provide training to staff in the techniques of resource management during their assistance in restoration, monitoring, and listed species recovery activities. Provide training, information materials, photographs, and other assistance to Rangers for their interpretive programs.

ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS

Investigate and report on pending land sales, development projects and other activities which may threaten natural and cultural resources of the park and within its optimum boundaries, such as highways, dams, drainage or water use modifications. Attend public meetings on such projects to represent the Division's official position.

BIOLOGICAL

Maintain a field office to include biological and cultural technical information, reports and correspondence files, and a reference library. Recommend interpretive and resource management and restoration budgets, including training to the park Manager. Maintain biological equipment as required, including a vehicle and office equipment as assigned. Perform other duties as required.

Note: Additional duties pertaining to Florida Caverns State Park: Conduct regular monitoring of tour cave and less frequently wild caves to evaluate the condition of resource and provide guidance for management to the Park Manager and District 1 staff. Respond to and participate in critical issues relating to the cave management plan, bat protection, research permitting related to caves and karst features in coordination with Florida Caverns and District staff.

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION:

KNOWLEDGE OF:

  • Florida's upland communities/wildlife & management needs;
  • basic prescribed/wildfire concepts including prescribed fire applications and techniques;
  • operations and use of various kinds of equipment including pumper-trucks, tractors, UTV's, ATV's and and the use of assorted power/gas tools and equipment to perform physical labor
  • research design & applications as they relate to ecosystem's management.


SKILL IN:

  • basic operation and maintenance/troubleshooting/repair of equipment such as ATV's, UTV's, tractors, chainsaws, and other small equipment
  • computers & ancillary devices;
  • GPS & ArcGIS equipment & programs.


ABILITY TO:

  • participate in all aspects of resource management to include heavy equipment operation
  • conduct field research, data gathering & assess resource health;
  • communicate effectively both orally & in writing;
  • attend bid meetings and select contractors
  • work well with others;
  • develop & maintain files & reports on research, monitoring, & other activities;
  • make management recommendations & prepare pertinent portions of park management plan revisions;
  • assemble & maintain species inventories to assess the health of ecosystems & constituent changes;
  • lift 40 pounds;
  • maintain a valid driver's license;


OTHER JOB-RELATED REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS POSITION:

A master's degree is preferred from a college or university with a major in one of the physical or natural sciences, forestry, natural resources, or environmental studies; or a bachelor's degree from[HD1] a college or university with a minor in one of the physical or natural sciences, forestry, natural resources, or environmental studies and 2 years of professional experience in natural resource management.

Must successfully meet position-specific DRP Burn Standards for Prescribed Fire. Successful completion of an annual moderate pack test is required. Prior to being hired, the successful applicant will be given a single opportunity to take and successfully complete a supervised moderate pack test at a date and location to be announced. Pack test requires applicant to complete a two mile walk while carrying 25 lbs. in less than 30 minutes.

Licensure/registration/certification requirements (If applicable, list the appropriate Florida Statute or federal regulation cite): Florida Class E driver's license or an out-of-state class equivalent driver's license

HOW TO APPLY:

Apply Directly Online at People First using Position#37002228

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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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