OPS Fisheries & Wildlife Bio Sci IV - 77902287

State of Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida, US
Jun 05, 2021
Jun 22, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Requisition No: 392341

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: OPS Fisheries & Wildlife Bio Sci IV - 77902287

Position Number: 77902287

Salary: $21.40 an hour

Posting Closing Date: 06/20/2021

Position number: 77902287

OPS/Career Service/SES/SMS: OPS

Class Title: Fish and Wildlife Biological Scientist IV

Broadband Code: 19-1023-04

Office/Section: Conservation Planning Services, Land Use Planning

Location: West Palm Beach

Supervisor: Jason Hight

Biweekly Salary: $21.40 an hour

Working hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., 40+ hours/week

List of any subordinates supervised: none

Years of Experience Desired: 3 or more

Education: Bachelor's degree in a life or physical science

Percent of Travel Required: 0-25%

Description of Duties:

The Division of Habitat and Species Conservation's Office of Conservation Planning Services is seeking a fish and wildlife professional to provide technical assistance to stakeholders and partner agencies for land use planning activities. The position requires an understanding of fish and wildlife ecology and management needs, as well as a practical knowledge of native habitat management and recovery techniques suited to various Florida landscapes. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate their proficiency in technical writing and the publication of maps using GIS software during the interview process. The ideal candidate will have mastered these knowledge, skills, and abilities and has land management, species management, or habitat restoration experience.

This position serves as staff to the Land Use Planning (LUP) Program in the Division of Habitat and Species Conservation's Office of Conservation Planning Services (CPS). CPS provides technical assistance to a wide array of private and public sector landowners and local, state, and federal governmental entities on conservation-related issues. The LUP Program coordinates collaborative consultations for large land use planning efforts that have the potential to impact fish and wildlife resources, particularly those that anticipate going through a regulatory process (e.g. Environmental Resource Permits, Section 404, Siting Coordination, County Comprehensive Plan amendments, major watershed initiatives, etc.). This work involves close coordination and collaboration with other fish and wildlife professionals and stakeholders, both internal and external to the agency, biological data analysis, report-writing, and monitoring and evaluating work plan outcomes. This position is primarily responsible for assisting with reviews of applications for activities within the state-assumed Waters of the United States as part of the Clean Water Act, Section 404 coordination requirements, and the determination of appropriate permit conditions to conserve state-listed and federally-listed species. Responsibilities also include assisting the LUP Program Administrators with short- and long-term program planning and reporting, and the coordination of LUP operational activities and programs with other agency sections, divisions and offices and external stakeholders.

The position is responsible for timely and accurate processing and or approval, as appropriate, of vendor invoices and warrants for payment of goods received or services rendered to avoid automatic interest penalty payments to said vendors. It is responsible for adhering to the provisions and requirements of Section 215.422, F.S., related to State Comptroller's rules, as well as Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission invoice processing and warrant distribution procedures. Responsibilities may include legislative interactions. The position is expected to courteously assist Commission constituents to resolve questions or problems they may have in matters relating to the Commission, its programs or fish and wildlife conservation, generally. It is expected to actively garner public support for agency objectives and programs by serving Florida's citizens in a positive and proactive manner.

Desired Minimum Requirements:

Minimum of a bachelor's degree in biology, wildlife or fisheries management, zoology, environmental sciences or other closely related curriculum, Graduate degree and two years of professional experience preferred. Candidates must have experience writing and reviewing technical documents, must have experience with imperiled species or their habitats, and should be familiar with land use applications and/or permits. Successful candidates will have experience collaborating with entities of varying interests during state permitting processes and federal permitting processes and also be able to capably manage conflict. A cover letter and resume must be included with the application package.

Due to the FWC's ongoing response to COVID-19, this position will begin under a telecommuting agreement and move to one of the potential locations mentioned above at the appropriate time.

For question regarding this position, please contact Jason Hight at Jason.Hight@MyFWC.com or by phone at (850) 413-6966.

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.