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Date: Jan 7, 2022

Location: LAKE PLACID, FL, US, 33852

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Requisition No: 530001 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Position Number: 77001110 

Salary:  $1,492.86 bi-weekly + benefits 

Posting Closing Date: 01/31/2022 

Position number: 77001110

Address: Lake Wales Ridge WEA, 1630 Royce Ranch Avenue, Lake Placid, FL 33852

Supervisor:: Jennifer Myers 


Description of duties: 


An exciting opportunity exists for a Fish and Wildlife Biologist to join a team of employees within the Wildlife and Habitat Management Section in managing the Lake Wales Ridge Wildlife and Environmental Area (WEA) in Highlands County. FWC’s Southwest Region is seeking a motivated applicant that is willing and able to work outdoors in a variety of conditions throughout the year in fulfillment of their job responsibilities.  Primary responsibilities include direct involvement in the development and implementation of management programs for the Lake Wales Ridge WEA.  This position will be responsible for leading the prescribed burn program on the WEA, which includes managing the area’s prescribed burn team.  Job duties will further include biological data collection, wildlife surveys, exotic plant control, mechanical treatments, infrastructure establishment and maintenance, public hunt and check station management, and other various land management tasks as needed. 


This position is also responsible for the development and periodic revision of long-range, comprehensive management plans, annual work plans, budget proposals, area regulations, and reports.  Incumbent will also be working with other staff to enhance wildlife habitat and promote compatible recreational use for the general public.  Incumbent will participate in team meetings, seminars, workshops, public outreach events and/or other training opportunities.


Persons applying for this position should have strong team leadership skills, be comfortable working independently in the field, and have experience in prescribed burning, plant identification, and exotic plant control.  The ability to operate ATVs and field equipment is preferred.


       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. 

Other required knowledge, skills and abilities include:


  • knowledge of wildlife ecology, game management, wildlife and habitat surveying and inventory
  • knowledge and experience with the application of prescribed fire
  • knowledge and experience with chemical or mechanical control of vegetation
  • ability to identify common and imperiled species
  • ability to write technical reports
  • ability to operate outdoors under inclement weather conditions
  • ability to work productively unsupervised
  • knowledge of ArcGIS and GPS and its application
  • strong interpersonal skills to effectively interact with cooperators, coworkers, and constituents
  • skilled in use of Microsoft Office software (e.g., Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)


Starting Salary: $38,814.36 annually / $1,492.86 biweekly

Broadband code: 19-1023-3

Class code: 5074

Region: Southwest

Title: Fisheries and Wildlife Biological Scientist III

County: Highlands

Working hours: M – F, 8am – 5pm with occasional assignments outside of normal daily working hours.

List of any subordinates supervised: 2 Biological Scientist IIs, 1 Fish and Wildlife Technician, 1 OPS+ Fish and Wildlife Technician, and 1 OPS+ Administrative Secretary

Residency requirement: State housing provided on site, or within 25 miles of the Royce Ranch Field Office

Level of Education: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the biological sciences and two years of professional biological experience; or a master's degree from an accredited college or university in one of the biological sciences and one year of professional experience as described above; (a specific degree in wildlife management/science/conservation/ecology is strongly recommended).

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: Central Florida
Nearest Secondary Market: Sebring