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OPS- Biological Scientist III - 77904082

Date: Apr 6, 2021

Location: LAKE CITY, FL, US, 32055

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Requisition No: 344662 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: OPS- Biological Scientist III - 77904082

Position Number: 77904082 

Salary:  $20.51 an hour 

Posting Closing Date: 04/28/2021 

Position Number: 77904082

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Position Title: Bat Monitoring Coordinator

Class Title: OPS Fisheries and Wildlife Biological Scientist III

Pay Rate: $20.51 per hour ($39,379 per year).


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To apply: Submit an application through the State’s People First system for Position Number 77904082.  In addition, please attach a resume and a cover letter. This letter should explain your interest in this specific position and describe your most relevant qualifications for the position.


Description responsibilities and duties:


Pending final grant award notice, this is a 3-year, grant-funded position serving as the Bat Monitoring Coordinator for FWC. The individual selected for this position will serve as an expert on bat monitoring in Florida and will have the opportunity to influence bat conservation throughout the state. This person will work collaboratively with project PIs, partners, and volunteers to maintain and expand Florida’s long-term, statewide bat monitoring program which is based in part on the protocols of the North American Bat Monitoring program (NABat).


This person will travel throughout the state to conduct bat monitoring activities and to work with and provide support for partners and volunteers conducting those activities (i.e., stationary and mobile acoustic surveys, emergence counts, mist netting, etc.). This person will also process/review acoustic data, submit data to NABat, and conduct analyses of project data and associated ecological data.


Manage and as necessary refine management strategies for the large project dataset and produce reports, management recommendations, and other written documents required for the project. As needed, coordinate with project PIs and partners to maintain project budgets, facilitate public outreach, coordinate interagency activities and deliberations, comply with regulatory requirements, and develop future research goals for the project.


Education:  Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences is required. A degree in wildlife science, natural resource conservation, ecology, or similar is preferred. A Master’s degree in one of these fields is strongly preferred.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


Knowledge: Demonstrated understanding of the ecology and conservation needs for bat populations. Knowledge of bat species occurring in Florida is preferred.  At least 1 year of experience leading acoustic monitoring projects for bats is preferred. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience carrying-out protocols for processing, automated classifier analysis, and manual vetting of acoustic data. Proficiency in identifying calls from bat species present in the southeastern U.S. is preferred. Experience working with and submitting data to NABat is preferred.


Demonstrated experience working with public agencies, municipalities, and private organizations, and engaging effectively with those partners to promote effective collaborations and achieve project objectives.


Skills: Well-developed data analysis skills, including proficiency in R or other data analysis software.  Excellent skills using ArcGIS for spatial analyses. Well-developed problem solving, project management, data management, and time management skills. Well-developed writing skills. Well-developed skills for presenting project updates and research results at agency and working group meetings and regional conferences.


Abilities: Enthusiastic and self-motivated to complete quality work on time. Strong ability to work independently with minimal supervision when appropriate while also working effectively as the project leader and coordinating with partners and stakeholders across the state. Must have strong interpersonal and communication skills to communicate effectively and to work effectively in a collaborative team environment. Must be able to efficiently organize information and carry-out multiple, concurrent activities that have varying deadlines.  Ability to conduct moderately strenuous activities outdoors, to safely operate vehicles, and to work at night as necessary.


Licensure, Certification or Registration Requirements: Valid Driver’s License

Working hours: 8am-5pm, 40 hours per week, work hours may vary.

List of any subordinates supervised: None  


Broadband code: 19-1023-03

Class code: 5074

Region: North Central

County: Columbia

City: Lake City

Residency requirement: No

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: Lake City