State of Florida
Brooksville, Florida, US
Jun 04, 2021
Jun 20, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Requisition No: 377001

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Position Number: 77001121

Salary: $1,234.18 bi-weekly + benefits

Posting Closing Date: 06/25/2021

Position number: 77001121

Address: Chassahowitzka WMA - 17260 Necklace Warbler Ave, Brooksville, FL 34614.

Supervisor: Steve Brinkley, Fish and Wildlife Biologist III

An exciting opportunity exists for a Fish and Wildlife Biologist to join a team of employees within the Wildlife and Habitat Management Section in assisting with the management of a lead Wildlife Management Area (WMA). FWC's Southwest Region is seeking a motivated applicant that is willing and able to work outdoors in a variety of conditions throughout the year in fulfillment of their job responsibilities. Primary responsibilities will be assisting with the planning, development, and implementation of management programs, including those for maintaining and perpetuating native wildlife populations, for Chassahowitzka WMA. The incumbent will be a critical part of the area's prescribed burn team and will also assist with mechanical and chemical control of native and exotic vegetation. Other job duties include the following: coordination and implementation of managed public hunts; providing management recommendations to cooperating agencies to promote the conservation of wildlife resources; implementation of biological surveys to monitor the status of selected species (including data analysis and report writing); development and implementation of public recreational programs; proposing regulations based on sound biological and sociological principles; preparation and submission of administrative and biological reports; supervising various OPS staff; and furthering agency goals through interactions with cooperating agencies and stakeholders.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

Incumbent must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be able to work well with team members and members of the public. Other required knowledge, skills and abilities include knowledge of the following:
  • Wildlife ecology; ecosystem management
  • Fire ecology and plant succession; applied knowledge of the principles and practices of habitat management and restoration, including prescribed fire
  • Mechanical and chemical vegetation control, and exotic plant control
  • Ability to identify common and imperiled species, and understand their habitat and life history requirements
  • Ability to write technical reports
  • Wildlife and habitat survey and inventory knowledge
  • Ability to collect and analyze biological data
  • Water management
  • Timber management
  • Budget management
  • Proficiency with typical Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, etc.) and geospatial software including ArcGIS
  • Familiarity with infrastructure development and maintenance
  • Familiarity with outdoor recreational activities and the facilities needed to support them
  • Ability to organize work and set priorities

Incumbent must also possess the initiative, motivation, and self-direction necessary to work productively unsupervised alone as well as function as a member of a team.

Salary $1,234.18 bi-weekly + Benefits

Broadband code: 19-1023-02

Class code: 5028

Region: Southwest

Title: Fisheries and Wildlife Biological Scientist II

County: Hernando

Working hours: Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm, evenings and weekends as needed.

List of any subordinates supervised: N/A

Residency requirement: 25 miles from main entrance of Chassahowitzka WMA.

Level of Education- minimum BS (MS preferred) in biological sciences (a degree in wildlife management / science, conservation, or ecology is strongly recommended)

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.