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Date: Jun 7, 2018

Location: FROSTPROOF, FL, US, 33843

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Requisition No: 37700 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST III - 42003742

Position Number: 42003742 

Salary:  $36,467.60 - $40,114.36 

Posting Closing Date: 06/25/2018 





Kristin Bennett, (863) 940-6710 or Corey Walk, (863) 589-0528

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the biological sciences and two (2) years of professional biological experience in a field or laboratory program; or

A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in one of the biological sciences and one (1) year of professional experience as described above; or

A doctorate from an accredited college or university in one of the biological sciences.

Requires possession of a valid Class E driver license.

***Applicants must complete all fields in the Candidate Profile.  Work
history, hours worked and formal education are required to be
considered in qualifying for this position.  Responses to
Qualifying Questions must be verifiable in the Candidate
Profile.  Resumes and other documentation can be
 attached to provide additional information.***

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
values and supports employment of individuals with disabilities.
  Qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Occasional to moderate travel required. Position may respond to emergencies, including natural disasters or other type incidents requiring travel, as needed.


The anticipated minimum hiring salary for this position is $36,467.60 annually. 


This professional position is responsible to the Forestry Resource Administrator. This person will work to plan, develop, and coordinate land management practices that enhance and protect natural plant communities and animal species on Lake Wales Ridge State Forest and other state lands as needed. Specific examples of work performed include, but are not limited to, the following:

Survey mapped populations of 16 federally listed species at Lake Wales Ridge State Forest (LWRSF); update GPS/GIS (Global Positioning System /Geographic Information System) maps of populations (or individuals if n<100) of listed species. Conduct floristic surveys on the state forest and assist in floristic surveys on other public lands as needed.

Develop and implement demography projects (i.e., monitor tagged individuals) for at least half of the 8 species subject to level 3 monitoring in order to determine their management requirements. Small, medium, and large populations should be selected so that trends can be detected. Coordinate with outside researchers to avoid duplication of effort in plant demography projects.

Develop Scrub Maintenance Project by establishing a written monitoring protocol to track the success of the application of high intensity prescribed fire to maintain habitat requirements of scrub endemics.

Assist with the Sand Pine Scrub Cooperative Research Project being conducted in collaboration with ecologists from the Department of Environmental Protection, Archbold Biological Station, and The Nature Conservancy.

Work with forest staff on timber harvest planning in sand pine scrub and cutthroat grass. Continue vegetation-monitoring project and coordinate with forest staff on effects of logging on listed species in sand pine scrub.

Provide input for prescribed fire planning on the state forest and conduct post burn analysis and monitoring of plants.

Conduct field research projects (responses to disturbances, seed viability, etc.) that improve understanding of the effects of management activities on any of the 16 listed species where current knowledge is lacking. Coordinate and collaborate with outside researchers to avoid duplication of effort in these areas.

Assist in the development, administration, and implementation of ecologically sound forest management prescriptions that promote native habitat integrity and protect rare, threatened, and endangered species of plants and animals. Promote the enhancement of these populations through specific habitat controls. Coordinate ecosystem management practices with federal, state, other local agencies and appropriate environmental private organizations to ensure a blended, well-balanced management program for these species. Survey, inventory, and monitor rare, threatened and endangered species of flora and fauna and maintain a permanent record of essential information for future management purposes. Attend and be involved in the Lake Wales Ridge Ecosystem Working Group.

Assist other Florida Forest Service (FFS) resource staff in conducting routine field inspections to inventory and monitor condition of forest units, habitats, and plant populations. Assist other state agencies with preparation and update of natural areas inventory as it regards to rare plants. Coordinate with other FFS resource staff in the relocation of threatened and endangered species and evaluation of ecological mitigation projects

Perform other duties as assigned including the proper maintenance of all assigned equipment and vehicles


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. 

Nearest Major Market: Lakeland