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OPS-F & W BS IV - 77902434

Date: Mar 23, 2020

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Requisition No: 163963 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: OPS-F & W BS IV - 77902434

Position Number: 77902434 

Salary:  $24.03 an hour 

Posting Closing Date: 04/06/2020 

Title: OPS Fisheries and Wildlife Biological Scientist IV

Working Title: OPS Nonnative Species Outreach and Education Coordinator

Salary: $24.03/hour; 40 hours/week

Position number:  77902434

Broadband/Class Code:  19-1023-04

Level of Education: A Bachelor’s degree in life or physical sciences.

Region: South

Working hours: 40hrs/week 8-5, M-F, occasional nights and weekend required. Overnight travel may be required.

List of any subordinates supervised: OPS Fish and Wildlife Biologist III

Residency requirement: None

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Division:  Habitat and Species Conservation

Section:  Wildlife Impact Management

Sub-section:  Nonnative Fish and Wildlife Program



Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Wildlife Impact Management Section

3205 College Avenue

Davie, FL 33314


Supervisor: Sarah Funck, Wildlife Impact Management Section, Nonnative Fish and Wildlife Program Coordinator

Minimum Qualifications: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the biological sciences and three years of professional biological experience; or

A master's degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the biological sciences and two years of professional experience.

A valid Florida driver’s license required. 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 expressing their interest in the position.

Cover letters and resumes shall be uploaded to the People First System.


Applications without a cover letter and resume are deemed incomplete and will not be considered.


Description of Position:


The Wildlife Impact Management Section (WIM) is seeking an energetic and motivated candidate to help address nonnative fish and wildlife in Florida through education and outreach.  Primary responsibility will be to manage and advance the outreach and education component of the Nonnative Fish and Wildlife Program at the direction of the Supervisor/Section Leader.  


This position is an OPS Fish and Wildlife Biological Scientist IV responsible for developing and implementing all outreach and education projects within the WIM Section’s Nonnative Fish and Wildlife Program while developing ways to engage the public and reach new audiences through creative and innovative programs and materials.  The incumbent is responsible for organizing, scheduling and acting as project lead on special events including, but not limited to annual Python Challenge outreach events and stakeholder educational workshops and trainings. This position also prepares and updates public education information including nonnative species awareness and reporting brochures, flyers, and other educational materials and displays to assist with public education about invasive wildlife in Florida.  This position is responsible for maintaining the nonnative species website and addressing correspondence with the public including “Ask FWC,” trackers, and assisting the supervisor and Communications team with media inquiries, talking points and social media posts. This position will also assist with stakeholder conflict resolution. Strong interpersonal skills, computer skills and creativity are desired for many aspects of this position.


Special Projects: Compiles education information, drafts reports/project assignments for the various projects and obtains appropriate review before completing assignments.  Prepares correspondence, newsletter, articles and briefings on issues related to nonnative fish and wildlife management, including assisting supervisor with organizing the annual report. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Supervises one OPS staff including a Fish and Wildlife Biologist III that manages the Exotic Pet Amnesty Program (EPAP).  Oversees the continued development and improvement of the EPAP by providing guidance and recommendations to staff and leadership.


Primary duties will include:


  • Developing and implementing new and innovative outreach programs, initiatives and educational materials to engage the public in invasive species control and management;
  • Implementing annual Python Challenge outreach events;
  • Preparing and updating outreach materials while maintaining an inventory of all materials;
  • Engaging with staff, partner agencies, CISMAs and other stakeholders on nonnative fish and wildlife control and management issues in south Florida;
  • Staffing educational booths and presentations at events, festivals, and other appropriate venues and tracking staff and public attendance at these events;
  • Maintaining and updating the FWC’s nonnative fish and wildlife website;
  • Serving on committees and teams as appropriate and attend meetings, workshops, and conferences;
  • Purchasing educational materials when necessary, including printing, and maintaining inventory of these items;
  • Handling “Ask FWC”, tracker requests and other correspondence from the public as well as social (and other) media inquiries;
  • Supervising the OPS Biological Scientist III that oversees the Exotic Pet Amnesty Program;
  • Responding to other wildlife conflict issues as needed.


This position will include extensive driving throughout Florida to attend or host events, festivals, meetings, workshops and to engage with partners. Must be able to work independently, and have an ability to effectively communicate with a variety of audiences.


Additional duties will include:

  • Providing educational materials and presentations to the FWC staff including Law Enforcement, partner agencies, the public, and other wildlife professionals;
  • Conducting other activities and tasks as necessary to support other HSC staff statewide;
  • Providing editorial review of documents for WIM staff;
  • Managing educational and outreach activities and trainings on nonnative wildlife issues.
    It is expected that all FWC employees courteously assist Commission constituents to resolve questions or problems they may have on matters relating to the Commission, its programs, or fish and wildlife conservation in general; and garner public support for agency objectives and programs by serving Florida's citizens in a positive and proactive manner.
     Knowledge, skills and abilities required for the position: 
  • Knowledge of the biological sciences and scientific principles of wildlife biology, ecology, and conservation;
  • Demonstrated skill in excellent customer service; 
  • Technical writing experience;
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced work environment and adhere to time constraints;
  • Experience working with the public or stakeholder representatives;
  • Extensive experience with public speaking and meeting coordination;
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing;
  • Ability to positively and effectively communicate with stakeholders and coworkers;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with others;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Experience mentoring and supervising staff.


Desired qualifications include:

  • Familiarity with Florida’s nonnative species issues;
  • Ability to multi-task as well as work without close supervision when needed;
  • Computer experience (Adobe Pro, GIS, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, Access, MS Excel and Outlook);
  • Ability to travel up to 25%. Periods of the year may require more extensive travel.

FWC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA Employer. If you require an accommodation to participate in the application / selection process, please contact the hiring authority in advance.  


Valid Florida driver’s license

WHAT IS OPS EMPLOYMENT? OPS employees are at-will employees and are subject to actions such as pay changes, changes to work assignment, and terminations at the pleasure of the agency head or designee.


  • State of Florida 401(a) FICA Alternative Plan - mandatory
  • Workers’ Compensation - mandatory
  • Reemployment Assistance (Unemployment Compensation) - mandatory
  • Participation in state group insurance (upon meeting eligibility requirements)
  • Deferred Compensation - voluntary
  • Employee Assistance Program – voluntary


Any form of paid leave

  • Paid holidays
  • Participation in the Florida Retirement System
  • Reinstatement rights or retention rights

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.

Nearest Major Market: Fort Walton Beach