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Hobe Sound, Florida, US
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Oct 14, 2021

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Requisition No: 483962
Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Position Number: 77072965
Salary: $1,711.82 bi-weekly + benefits
Posting Closing Date: 10/19/2021
Working Title: Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist IV
Salary: $1,711.82 bi-weekly
Position number: 77072965
Class Code: 5075
Program Broad Band Code: 19-1023-03
Level of Education: Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in a life or physical science, Master's degree preferred
Region: South Region
County: Martin
Working hours: 40hrs/week
List of any subordinates supervised: OPS-Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist III 77902459
Residency requirement: None
Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Division: Habitat and Species Conservation
Section: Invasive Plant Management
Sub-section: Field Operations
Address: 18150 SW Martin Hwy, Indiantown, FL 34956
Supervisor: Ed Harris

In addition to submitting a completed State of Florida electronic application and completing the qualifying questions, applicants must attach a cover letter and up to date resume. Submitted cover letter should at a minimum explain your interest in working in invasive plant management and identify your most relevant skills and experience. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Description of position:

This is a highly skilled position responsible for inter/intra-agency coordination and working with stakeholders to administer the FWC's Invasive Plant Management activities for Lake Okeechobee and the associated region. In addition, this position will have one OPS F&W Biological Scientist III direct report. Persons applying for this position should be comfortable working independently in the field, have experience trailering and operating boats and ATVs, experience in plant identification and the control of invasive species and experience with public speaking or presenting information to the public and/or professional peer groups.

Work at FWC is cross-functional, meaning duties may cross division/office lines. The Commission expects employees to function across FWC's organizational structure by providing their skills and expertise wherever needed through work on teams or as directed.
The incumbent will be responsible for:
Assessing aquatic plant populations, recommending and permitting aquatic and upland plant control programs for both the private and public sectors, attending meetings, providing educational and informational services, scheduling contractor work schedules, monitoring aquatic plant control operations, providing extension services upon request, and conducting investigations for violations of the aquatic plant permitting rules.

Performs other related work as assigned.
The Commission expects its employees to be courteous and respectful while assisting Commission customers and stakeholders, ensuring each encounter is as positive as possible.
Employees should promptly resolve questions or problems relating to the Commission, its programs and/or fish and wildlife resources. Employees should seek to gain public support for agency objectives and programs by serving Florida's citizens in a positive and proactive manner and by listening to what the customer wants and striving to meet their needs. When appropriate, employees will explain the reasons for agency actions or decisions while communicating a consistent FWC point-of-view.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
* Incumbent must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to work well with team members and members of the public to establish and maintain effective working relationship with others.
* Ability to work and make appropriate decisions independently.
* Ability to analyze complex issues and problems and develop innovative, efficacious solutions.
* Ability to determine work priorities, elicit cooperation as necessary to achieve objectives and ensure proper and timely completion of program assignments and activities.
* Ability to understand, comply with, and apply rules, policies, and procedures applicable to the conduct of a Commission employee.
* knowledge of invasive plant management principles and practices, preferably Florida uplands and freshwater aquatic resources.
* public speaking
* experience working with the public and/or stakeholder representatives
* on occasion, the ability to travel for several days at a time throughout Florida.
* Ability to use computer programs such as Word, Outlook, Excel, spreadsheet and database software, Google Earth, phone apps such as Avenza, Garmin gps, and LOWRANCE
* experience trailering and operating boats, and ATVs including airboats
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. Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements. 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.
Nearest Major Market: Port Saint Lucie
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