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State of Florida
HOLT, Florida, US
Jun 04, 2021
Jun 19, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Requisition No: 391722

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Position Number: 77000153

Salary: $1,338.55 biweekly plus benefits

Posting Closing Date: 06/18/2021


TITLE: Biological Scientist II

SECTION: Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management, Northwest Regional Fish Management Section

LOCATION: Blackwater Fisheries Research and Development Center

8384 Fish Hatchery Rd.
Holt, FL. 32564

RATE OF PAY: $1,338.55 biweekly plus benefits

CONTACT: Christopher J. Paxton
3911 Hwy 2321

Panama City, FL 32409

(850) 265-3676


FWC seeks a dynamic individual to work at the interface between anglers and aquatic resources to manage, enhance, and promote fishing opportunity in Northwest Florida. Candidates should possess strong skills and documentable experience in two or more of the following fields: fisheries science/management, aquatic ecology, natural resources management, research, conservation biology, environmental science, economics, communication, hydrology, aquatic habitat enhancement/restoration, entomology, ichthyology, socioeconomics, public policy, stakeholder engagement, engineering, statistics, modeling, human dimensions, aquaculture, and population dynamics.

  • Maintain and assist in the collection of qualitative and quantitative data of fisheries populations, aquatic plant communities, and water quality on six intensively managed lakes.
  • Keep earthen impoundment dams mowed by tractor and mowing deck equipment and maintain the physical appearance of all six earthen impoundment structures.
  • Assists regional biological staff with the development and implementation of fisheries management goals related to Northwest Region resources including but not limited to stakeholder interaction, habitat enhancement, data analysis, applied fisheries sampling, techniques, and science, coordinating with cooperators and other governmental agencies, and promotional and educational opportunities.
  • Work with Division of Freshwater Fisheries Research, Habitat and Species Conservation's Aquatic Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Section and Invasive Plant Management Section personnel to design, permit and accomplish habitat maintenance and improvement projects.
  • Assists in developing partnerships in aquatic resource management projects with federal, state, and local agencies and stakeholders.
  • Establishes and maintains stakeholder contacts with anglers, fish camps, local governmental officials, tackle shop owners, fishing guides, outdoor media, fishing clubs, Non-Government Organizations (NGO's), etc. to ensure effective, two-way communication relative to FWC programs and projects.
  • Assesses freshwater fisheries resources utilizing established sampling methodologies and gear.
  • Data compilation, management, and analysis.
  • Drafting/editing of quarterly and annual reports.
  • Operates/maintains habitat-barge vessel, electro-fishing boats, creel survey boats, outboard motors, trailers, and all other required sampling equipment.

All FWC staff are expected to 1) courteously assist Commission constituents to resolve questions or problems relating to the Commission's programs or fish and wildlife conservation; 2) seek to garner public support for agency objectives and programs by serving Florida's citizens in a positive manner. Additionally, you will be responsible for timely and accurate processing of vendor invoices and warrants for payments of goods, and responsible for adhering to the provisions and requirements of Section 215.422, F.S. related to State Comptroller's rules and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission invoice processing and warrant distribution procedures.

  • Knowledge of the principles of fish and wildlife ecology and management
  • Knowledge of Florida's freshwater fish and aquatic plants
  • Knowledge of fish and wildlife habitat restoration
  • Knowledge of fish and wildlife research applications
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint software applications
  • Skilled in the use of scientific and field equipment
  • Skilled in the use of tractors, and heavy equipment such as bushhogs
  • Skilled in personnel development
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to work with internal and external technical personnel, managers, government officials, riparian landowners, and other stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to utilize problem-solving techniques
  • Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies, and procedures relating to fish and wildlife management
  • Ability to work outdoors in inclement weather and in remote locations
  • Ability to travel overnight and work flexible hours to meet project objectives

  • Must possess and maintain a valid Florida driver's license.
  • Must possess a valid boaters safety education identification card prior to operating any agency vessel. The selected employee must already possess a boater safety card or be willing and able to obtain one within 30 days of hiring.
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a life or physical science.

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and two years of relevant professional experience in a field or policy program; or
  • A master's degree from an accredited college or university in a relevant field.

In addition to submitting a completed state application via People First, applicants are required to submit a current resume and cover letter highlighting their qualifications and interest in the position.


Office hours are from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. CST, Monday through Friday

This position requires travel up to 25% and work time outside of regular scheduled hours.

State of Florida Benefits Include:
  • Health and Dental packages
  • Supplemental Insurance options
  • Paid Annual and Sick Leave
  • Paid holidays (11)
  • Participation in the Florida Retirement System
  • Tax Deferred Investment Plan - Voluntary
  • Health savings accounts and flexible spending accounts - Voluntary
  • Free Basic Life Insurance benefit for $25,000 with additional options to increase
  • Tuition Waiver
  • Uniform Allowances

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.