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Date: Aug 9, 2019

Location: LAKELAND, FL, US, 33805

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Requisition No: 70932 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Position Number: 77000133 

Salary:  $1,299.57 bi-weekly / $33,788.82 annually - plus benefits 

Posting Closing Date: 08/23/2019 



TITLE:                Fish and Wildlife Biological Scientist II

SECTION:           Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management – Southwest Region


LOCATION:         Lakeland, Florida, Polk County


RATE OF PAY:     $1,299.57 bi-weekly / $33,788.82 annually - plus benefits


CONTACT:           Eric Johnson, Regional Fisheries Administrator

                           Southwest Regional Office

                           3900 Drane Field Road

                           Lakeland, FL 33811





This position is part of a regional team with the FWC’s Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management and located at the Tenoroc Public Use Area in Lakeland, FL.  The selected candidate will mainly be responsible for overseeing public fishing opportunities on over two dozen small lakes within the Tenoroc Fish Management Area.  The selected candidate will be responsible for implementing fish management strategies while monitoring angler survey data on these small lakes to ensure public fishing opportunities are optimized.  The selected candidate will also conduct agency outreach and promotional programs designed to promote and encourage freshwater fishing to the general public.  The person selected for this position will be required to regularly interact with individuals from, within, and outside the agency as well as the general public.




  • Design, implement and evaluate management strategies to provide quality angling opportunities at Tenoroc Fish Management Area.  Activities include sampling and analysis of physical and biological components of aquatic ecosystems; applying fishery management techniques; assist in the development and implementation of studies to evaluate effects of different strategies on aquatic communities; compilation of fisheries data on Tenoroc lakes; and collection of angler survey data.
  • Conducts outreach and promotional programs.  Provides information to the public through presentations, publications, correspondence and media contacts.  Coordinates with various user groups, cooperators and local and state agencies.
  • Coordinates maintenance of sampling and operational equipment and facilities. Obtain bids for maintenance and/or construction projects and equipment repairs.
  • Assists in the administrative management of the Tenoroc FMA including all recreational activities, office and check station operation and staffing, intra- and inter-agency coordination, interaction with various user groups, cooperators and lessees, development and public relations activities, and security and regulation enforcement.  Assists in preparing required Division or Commission reports, budgets, technical papers and other reports as needed.  Maintains understanding of current fisheries management techniques through literature research and attendance at conferences and seminars.
  • Assists with Division or Regional fishery management efforts as needed.
  • 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. 


  • Responsible for following the provisions and requirements in Section 215.422, Florida Statutes, related to the Department of Financial Services rules and FWC’s invoice processing and warrant distribution procedures.


  • 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.


Knowledge Skills and Abilities:  


Knowledge: Freshwater fish identification; methods and gears used for the collection of fisheries samples and data; methods and equipment used in field and laboratory processing of water chemistry samples; age and growth samples, food habit samples; and use of personal computers, GPS, and data management software/programs used by the Agency (Excel, Word, Outlook, People First, etc.). 


Skill: Familiar with operation and trailering of small boats and outboards; operation of ATV and 4-wheel drive vehicles; familiar with the basic operation of shop and small tools is preferred. 


Ability: Required to perform strenuous field duties in sometimes adverse weather conditions; able to walk or stand for extended periods of time; able to safely lift and handle heavy loads; required to work flexible hours when necessary to meet project objectives including night and/or weekend work or overnight travel; able to oversee and plan activities for OPS staff and/or contracted inmate labor force; required to work independently or with little supervision.




  • Must possess and maintain a valid Florida driver’s license.
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a life or physical science.
  • Employment in this position is contingent upon a satisfactory criminal history check. The criminal history check must be completed prior to or within the first thirty days of employment.



  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a life or physical science and two years of professional experience in a field or laboratory program; or
  • A master's degree from an accredited college or university in a life or physical science, preferably in the fisheries/aquaculture sciences.

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 interest in the position.


Jessica Bowling
(850) 617-9526


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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. 

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